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Cutting Through Complex Topics Premium Content

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As the chief talent development officer, you often are required to explain abstract and complicated workforce issues to the rest of the C-suite. Maybe you need to connect the myriad puzzle pieces of a new performance improvement strategy or clarify context so you can accurately depict the real problems plaguing your company's culture. Whether you're talking about employee engagement, performance management, corporate culture, change management, or organizational development, your authority will rise quickly if you can make these core talent development topics accessible to your fellow leaders.

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  • Ryann K. Ellis

    Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at 


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