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Talent Scorecard


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While the demand for experienced leaders is high, companies find it challenging to manage talent strategically. The three key areas to ensure success are discussed in Talent Scorecard – How to ensure your company is managing talent strategically:
• Align business and talent strategies
• Look ahead, not behind
• Track the talent profile

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Talent Scorecard

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