Summary of Misplaced Talent

A Guide to Better People Decisions

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Misplaced Talent book summary
Build an integrated, structured talent management program to nurture engaged, productive employees.


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Seasoned consultant Joe Ungemah provides a concise, practical guide to modern talent management. As he covers recruiting, “employer branding,” competencies, capabilities, engagement, learning, change management, succession planning, performance and metrics, an integrated, holistic model of people management emerges. And, he explains why workforce initiatives often fail. Some of Ungemah’s data sources seem dated, but his refreshing emphasis on building and maintaining healthy, balanced relationships between employers and employees – as opposed to a single-minded focus on results and revenue – is rare and useful. getAbstract recommends his insights to CEOs, HR professionals, entrepreneurs managing start-ups, and anyone who makes people-related decisions or who advises on talent management.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How companies often mismatch, misplace and alienate employees through apathy and shortsightedness;
  • How your organization can use “frameworks” to marshal the talents of your workforce and
  • How to build loyalty, performance and engagement.


“Healthy Employment Relationships”
Many organizations fail to build healthy employee relationships. They focus on short-term financial and performance goals, and neglect talent management. This results in “misplaced talent” – good people get stuck in the wrong jobs and the wrong people...
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About the Author

Joe Ungemah, a former Corporate Executive Board consultant and registered psychologist, consults for organizations in his role as director of talent management at Towers Watson.

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