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Talent management and succession planning

Quiz

Consultation Ltd

This Talent Management and Succession Planning quiz was designed for Ashridge by Jill and Derek Dann from Consultation Ltd. Complete the questionnaire and calculate your score which will display a corresponding commentary.

1. Ashridge case study research suggests an alternative way to categorise TM. Which one of the following is not one of those listed factors which influence the need for an alternative approach?

2. In their 2006 survey, the CIPD found that a certain percentage of respondents had a formal definition of TM. What was that percentage figure? Select one correct answer from below.

3. A TM system is unique to each organisation and must be designed to take account of a unique blend of four factors. Which one statement below correctly lists the four factors?

4. Farley (2005) argues that 'HRM's credibility relies on it having an in-depth understanding of how people are key drivers of profit and success and the ability to manage talent to attain business goals'. Which one of the following statements incorrectly identifies her associated argument as discussed in the Learning Guide?

5. Subir Chowdhury suggests how talent should be treated. Which one of the following statements correctly describes his view?

6. The Guide tells us that Talent Management (TM) is a hot topic and asks what has moved it up the corporate agenda. Which one of the following is suggested as a reason?

7.The Guide includes a graphic, reproduced below, which demonstrates a number of different components which work together. Looking at these elements and their areas of overlap, it is possible to break the TM elephant down into manageable pieces and to understand the critical issues.

TM critical issues graphic

In the graphic, which one component is represented by the question mark? Select one correct answer from those below.

8. The Learning Guide offers six key HR strategic responsibilities for TM. Which one of the following is not one of those listed?

9. The move away from a 'parental' business environment towards an individual's growth and development being a personal responsibility has led to a number of issues. Which three of the following are correctly identified as being amongst those listed?

10. Google applies a 70/20/10 model to its work structure. To what is the 10% allocated? Select one correct answer from below.

11. The Learning Guide offers seven key steps to succession planning. Which one of the following correctly describes the final step?

12. Figure 1 in the Guide maps the TM territory from five possible perspectives. Which three of the following are correctly stated as being amongst the five listed perspectives?

13. According to Tom Peters: 'You need to spend a percentage of your time on discovering, recruiting, nurturing and retaining your corporate talent'. What is the period of time he suggests? Select one correct answer from below.

14. Figure 1 in the Guide suggests how some TM strategies will impact a number of people-management factors when viewed from the five perspectives. With which one correct answer below does the statement 'Accelerate the development of high potentials' match?

15. The Guide suggests a number of elements which a succession plan should cover. Select two items below which are amongst those listed.

16. The Guide suggests that defining talent management is difficult. It talks about many activities coming under this umbrella term to help with a number of tasks. Which one of the following is not one of those listed TM tasks?

17. Talent management straddles many different functions areas. The Guide states that research at Ashridge has revealed critical influencers on TM. Which one of the following statements is a true reflection of the influencers?

18. Ashridge research and discussions with corporate people responsible for TM has uncovered one word which comes forward. What is that one word?

19. Figure 1 in the Guide suggests how some TM strategies will impact a number of people-management factors when viewed from the five perspectives. With which one correct answer below does the statement 'Good people like to work with good people. Aim to be the employer of choice' match?

20. Research carried out by Ashridge has established thirteen dimensions that underlie the strategic choices organisations face in various aspects of the TM process. They are grouped into four areas explored in Development Activity 4. To which areas does the dimension 'Connected Conversations' belong? Select one correct answer from below.

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Last modified: 07/09/2007