The idea of unleashing people’s potential by giving them good input and stretching them to new levels can be very heady stuff. When you experience, as I have, the collective impact of everyone in an organization performing at the highest level and truly working TOGETHER, you are amazed at what can happen when the constraints that organizations put on their own people are removed. The results are extraordinary. — Kim Janson
Demystifying Talent Management offers practical advice for all managers, HR professionals, senior leaders, and other employees on how to work together to build a talented and motivated workforce. The book addresses performance, development, coaching, feedback, compensation, and other elements of people management. By taking a 360-degree point of view, the book reveals how each stakeholder views the elements of people management, what they need from each element, and what confusion and conflicts arise among the stakeholders, limiting people’s potential. Using simple, straightforward language, Kim Janson tells you how you can avoid the confusion and conflicts.
Winner of the Axiom Business Book Award
Over the last nearly 20 years of working with organizations of all sizes and industries, I have never been more impressed with an approach to talent management as I have been with the the systems that Kimberly Janson has installed. Practical, insightful, simple and yet immensely effective; Kimberly's designs and her leadership have benefitted all levels of the organization. She is an impressive professional and I am so glad she has shared her work so others can experience her models." Dave Mitchell, Founder/President, the Leadership Difference, Inc.
"Kim Janson takes the complex subjects of talent management and development and makes them simple, insightful, and replicable in Demystifying Talent Management. This book is a valuable resource for those that want to excel in managing and developing people." Bill Johnson, Retired Chairman, CEO, and President of HJ Heinz Company
"As a CEO, I’ve read many books on developing people and managing better. Kim Janson’s Demystifying Talent Management rises to the top because of the comprehensiveness and connectedness of the message and the simplicity in which it is laid out. The book is powerful because it is a simple, straight-forward message for managers on what and how to do things for high impact." Al Verrechia, Chairman of Hasbro
"In her frank and straightforward manner, Kim shares the “inside scoop” of what it takes to be successful as a leader and as an employee. This book provides a clear roadmap of how talent management really works. The tools, quick assessments and reflection questions throughout the book combined with examples, specific instructions and stellar advice make this a book you will reference throughout your career. This book is a must read for anyone looking to attain superior business results." Susanne Glaser, Director, Executive Coaching and Community Standards Liaison Executive Education Harvard Business School
“Getting talent management right is an imperative to succeed in the marketplace today. Kim Janson is an accomplished professional with an impressive track record of helping companies deliver practical, high impact talent management programs and processes. In Demystifying Talent Management, she shares her insights and experiences. I recommend this book as a great resource to anyone looking to improve their talent management efforts.” Kevin Wilde, Chief Learning Officer General Mills Executive Leadership Fellow, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
"This book is fantastic! Kim’s thought leadership, expertise and extensive experience are reflected in the content of this book. She takes complex talent management concepts and makes them understandable and easy to execute. If you are a leader and follow Kim’s advice, you’ll build the talent required to fuel growth." Jim Shaley, President, The Shanley Group, Former Head of Leadership Development and Staffing at Bank of America
"Demystifying Talent Management is a gem. Kim's straightforward, no-nonsense approach is refreshing. Very few can cut through the clutter and jargon like she can. Being an effective manager, particularly of top talent, is not easy. Kim provides simple, easy-to-use and intuitive tools and strategies to get the very best out of your people. If you want to build a high-performing team, this book is a must read." Steve Clark, Former CHRO Heinz
"Having worked closely with Kim at Hasbro, especially in building the Tuck Executive Leadership Program with her, she remains my top choice as a leadership development partner. Her book does a great job of taking the often confusing genre of managing or developing people and distilling the key ideas that if you use them will help make you a powerful leader." Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman, Executive Committee, Hasbro, Inc.
“Demystifying Talent Management” is a must read for all leaders. Kim Janson provides a wealth of practical tips for aligning talent to the right roles and insightful, how to strategies for managing and developing talent to help achieve greater business success!” Richard Chang, CEO, Richard Chang Associates, Inc. and Author of the Passion Plan and Performance Scorecards
"Kim is a very talented, very global executive who has been developing people around the world for the last 20 years. Her ability to simplify and her courage to communicate on any topic make her a great partner. This book opens the vault to Kim’s insight." Syd Finkelstein, Professor of Strategy and Leadership at the Tuck School of Business, and author of Why Smart Executives Fail
“Kim is a straight shooter and her book is written the way she coaches – direct, practical, and humorous. As always, she creates accountability for your own success in using her advice.” Louise Korver, Head of Leadership & Executive Development at Ingersoll Rand, Bank of America, EMC and AT&T
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