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The ATD Talent Development Framework: Performance Improvement


Fri Oct 14 2016

The ATD Talent Development Framework: Performance Improvement

ATD developed the Talent Development Framework and the TD Puzzle to help practitioners understand the different components of talent development, and how organizations can build their own frameworks to address their unique needs. This blog series explores each component of the talent development framework, why it’s important to the field, and what resources ATD offers to practitioners who want to learn more.

Performance Improvement


Applies a systematic process of discovering and analyzing human performance gaps; plans for future improvements on human performance gaps; partners with the customer when identifying the opportunity and the solution; implements the solution; monitors the change; evaluates the results.

The training and development industry delivers excellent programs and solutions, but it doesn’t always create the permanent and sustained performance behavior changes necessary to drive higher productivity and greater bottom line results

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Performance improvement starts by determining what matters to the organization—what the key goals are – and helping the organization achieve those goals. Top executives worldwide pursue the common goals of organizational profitability, mission and vision alignment, and long-term growth. To achieve these goals, the following is required:

  • Sustainable organization development and financial health

  • Effective operational performance

  • A top-performing and engaged workforce

  • Ability to attract and retain top talent

Research tells us that more than 80% of the time, performance gaps are not caused by a lack of skill or knowledge within the performer. It’s important to identify the critical performance gaps, and helps avoid spending time on performance gaps that don’t matter much in an organization.

We’ve assembled some additional resources to explore:


For more information on training delivery and other major components of talent development, check out the ASTD Handbook, 2nd Edition.

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