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ATD Talent Management Handbook


Every organization needs people—the right people, with the right skills, in the right jobs. The most successful organizations know how to find the right people, invest in their development, and work hard to create reasons for high performers to stay. The ATD Talent Management Handbook captures best practices and future-focused thinking about what it means to manage talent holistically.



The workforce is complex and ever-changing and that demands that all involved in talent management rethink how to attract, engage, and grow the talent they have and the talent they want to attract in the future. The ATD Talent Management Handbook is a forward-looking resource that challenges the reader with progressive insights on the current state of talent management and how the function needs to adapt. More than 30 contributors – thought leaders and practitioners – share practical information that will benefit leaders, HR and talent development professionals, and consultants alike.

“A relevant and practical tool, the ATD Talent Management Handbook has something for anyone interested in developing organizational capabilities and individual skills,” said Lou Sanchez, former head of learning and organizational development at eBay.

Edited by talent management authority Terry Bickham, this handbook covers the entire talent management cycle, from talent acquisition and engagement to leadership development and succession planning. It is ATD’s first handbook on talent management and includes a foreword by ATD President and CEO Tony Bingham, highlighting the foundational components of talent development and talent development’s role within talent management.


“The workplace continues to experience rapid change as a result of globalization, new technologies, and shifting employee expectations,” Bingham said. “Operational silos are increasingly blurred and traditional hierarchies flattened. Decades ago, talent management and talent development (then workplace learning and performance) were distinct functions. Today, senior leaders are increasingly seeing the value of uniting the two to achieve the greatest impact on employee performance and the bottom line.”

More information, and to read a free chapter of the ATD Talent Management Handbook, visit Follow the conversation online at or on Twitter with #TalentMatters.

About ATD
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Originally established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit


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