The challenge with most companies’ talent intelligence is that it is just not that intelligent.

Having good talent intelligence—an accurate understanding of the skills, expertise, and qualities of people—is essential for the people decisions that all businesses make. Yet despite its vital importance, most organizations appear to be failing at this critical task. The reason lies in talent measurement: how companies produce their talent intelligence and then use it.

Written by Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur—two experts in the field—this book draws on the latest research to show how businesses can transform the value and impact of their talent intelligence, to make sure they get the right people in the right roles and ensure that all their talent management and development activities are built on an accurate understanding of the talent available to them.

Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to overcome the stumbling blocks that stand in the way of successful talent intelligence and reveals step-by-step what organizations need to measure, how they can best do so, and how they can then use the results.

Compelling reading for anyone about to invest in or revamp talent measurement activities to save time and money for the business and bring measurement practices to the next level. Dr. Christopher Howarth, Global Head of Talent Management & Organisation Development, Novartis International AG

A thought-provoking guide that contains a wealth of practical, specific suggestions for how to improve the way talent measurement works and the impact it has on business. Samantha Halverson, Senior Director Talent Planning, Nike Inc.

Separates the facts from the fiction about what works and what doesn’t. Understanding the principles [in this book] will enable HR and line managers to be informed and critical ‘buyers’ of talent measurement solutions. Stephanie Bird, Director of HR Capability, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Brings a scientific and systematic approach to show how firms can achieve a real competitive advantage in the talent market. Informative, enlightening and essential reading for business and HR leaders. Jackie Wong, Executive Director and CEO, Temasek Management Services

This timely and important book is a must-read and a true “eye opener” for HR professionals and business leaders alike. Georg Bauer, Chief Executive Officer Financial Services, BMW AG (2004-2010)

Issues a true call to action to help businesses develop the dream teams they all want to have. Fabio C. Barbosa, CEO, Abril S.A.

How to assess your leaders & develop real talent intelligence.

"Compelling reading"

"Contains a wealth of practical suggestions"

"Separates the fact from fiction"

"Informative, enlightening and essential reading"

"A true call to action"