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Managing Talent to Win

April 21-23, 2020


Program Overview

A company can compete more effectively by building a talent mindset. After all, a company is a collection of people working together to create value for a customer and then capture that value for the company. Managing Talent to Win offers insights on how to identify the capabilities needed in your organization and how you—the leader—can assist. Managers can lead a talent-focused organization by breaking down barriers and creating an environment where the processes to develop your people's talent are simple and practical.

Keith Halperin, Principal, KGH Leadership, alongside Purdue faculty experts Allan Gray and Michael Gunderson, will lead the program based on Purdue's six-part talent management model:


Key Benefits

At this seminar, you will:

  • Develop an individualized plan to improve talent management at the team level.
  • Learn to identify and prepare the right people for critical positions in a way that differentiates your business.
  • Learn the process to develop plans for effectively leveraging strategic employee talent.
  • Develop new capabilities for building relationships.
  • Build leadership and managerial capabilities.

Program Content

Aligning Talent with Strategic Capabilities

Food and agribusiness firms must recruit and retain the right kind of talent for their organizations. Surveys indicate that the industry is looking for people with strong interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking skills, cultural and gender awareness, and a knowledge of business, among other characteristics and capabilities. If every company's number one strength is their people, it cannot possibly be a strategic advantage, because the core of strategy is differentiation. In this session, we will look at a process to determine what capabilities your strategy requires and then determine the talent that will be necessary to execute that strategy at the highest level.

Leadership that Unleashes Employee Energy and Growth

Employees don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. A good leader can engage, motivate and develop their people. This session will build your agility as a leader and your understanding of the right way to motivate and develop your people for extraordinary performance.

Performance Management and Execution

Inherently important parts of retaining talent are assessing, coaching, and rewarding performance. This places performance management as a cornerstone to financial success. Using the concepts from One Page Talent Management and The Four Disciplines of Execution, this session will examine the science of performance management and lay out a simple tool that works.

Managing Critical Conversations

At the core of managing talent is the human element, meaning our interactions and conversations are an integral part of the process. In this session, we'll examine the premise of 5 Conversations: How to Transform Trust, Engagement, and Performance at Work. We'll make a detailed assessment of how relationships with our employees benefit from intentional conversations that focus on establishing a trusting relationship, agreeing on mutual expectations, showing genuine appreciation, challenging unhelpful behavior, and building for the future.

Best Practices for Developing Talent

Throughout the workshop, you will have opportunities to summarize your thoughts and examine the actions you will need to take back in the work environment. Developing people is only one role managers play. An organized approach includes expressing care, challenging growth, providing support and resources, sharing power, and expanding possibilities and working together.

Who should attend?

The workshop will be beneficial for:

  • Middle and upper-level managers new to their managerial role.
  • Middle and upper-level managers with experience who are looking for frameworks and tools in order to take their people management capabilities to the next level.

Register with a Colleague

Instituting new managerial practices can be more effective when approached with one or two colleagues. Consider attending as a team of three or more.

Program Dates

April 21-23, 2020

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Is this program for you?

We strongly encourage attendance in teams of three or more participants from each organization. For more information about the program, contact:
Betty Jones-Bliss, Associate Director

Educational Credit

You can earn CEU and CCA credit at this program.

Registration fees include all program materials, refreshments and some meals. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the program is full, names will be added to a waiting list in the order in which they are received. Registration fees are due upon receipt of registration. Read the cancellation policy.