Employers are offering creative perks to attract and retain today’s workers.
Plus all the HR resources you need to be more efficient and effective this fall!
SHRM Seminars will host HR education every month in San Francisco this fall! Select the program that meets both your scheduling and development needs.
September 27 - 28.
Sam Palmisano, chairman and CEO at IBM, has refined the process for developing top talent. Under Lou Gerstner, IBM's previous CEO, the top 300 executives were identified and managed individually as part of the succession planning process. Palmisano stuck with the top 300 but, at HR's suggestion, created the Integration and values Team (INVT). "In addition to bringing these people together and communicating with them, we wanted to invest more heavily in their personal development," says Karen Calo, vice president for global talent.
The high-potential employees on the INVT are placed in 10 teams of 30. Each team devotes three weeks to a pressing business problem selected personally by Palmisano. The first week is about coming together and defining the problem. The second week is for discovery, interviewing and investigating the issues. In the third week, the team comes back together, assesses the data together and makes recommendations. Finally, they bring the recommendation to Palmisano, earning either a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
Robert J. Grossman, a contributing editor of HR Magazine, is a lawyer and a professor of management studies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Join SHRM's exclusive peer-to-peer social network
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies