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I'm not in HR nor management but did find lots of valuable information in this book on talent. These principles I've used and continue to use to help my two teenage sons to discover and develops their own talents.
Very well written and researched, a must read for anyone involved in the burgeoning talent finding & developing industry. Especially for HR practitioners who are generally lukewarm about academic research on their subject, emulating other professionals – and laypeople in general – in thinking that their intuition and experience are enough to make insightful and accurate observations about people. There is a science to understanding and predicting human behavior, and intuitive judgements about psychology are as subjective, and wrong, as intuitive judgements about quantum physics and organic chemistry. So let's use this science and its embodiment in tools like knack.it.
Intuition is not enough to make accurate observations about talent. This book is a guide on how to ignore ill-founded assumptions when hiring employees and, instead, apply evidence-based principals to measure, predict and manage talent. Brilliant.
All leaders and especially HR leaders should read and understand the principles outlined in this book. It is a breath of fresh air and a sound argument in support of the science of personality. Hogan once again in this book provides direction in understanding the importance of identifying and predicting who will be the best leaders of the future.
The consolidation of some existing research is good, as are the suggestions about actions to take. The writing is difficult. Almost every section has a sentence that starts with, "In other words." A good editor could have really helped make this more concise and make it flow better.