Talent Management Is the New Buzzword by ProQuest

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In the early 1990s, the author worked in the "educational services" department of a very large computer company. They delivered a lot of training to both customers and employees. At the end of each quarter, they would gather for a pep rally, at which time their VP would discuss their performance. But the business cycle changed, and money got tight. Budgets were coming under scrutiny, and training became an expense instead of an investment or, perhaps, a cost of doing business. Training professionals were being asked to justify their budget requests and, sometimes, their very existence. As a result, training professionals who isolate themselves run the very real risk that their work will become marginalized. Talent management is now viewed as a critical part of an organization's strategy.

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