Aberdeen: Planning Frameworks Help Identify IT Leaders

An intriguing study recently released by Aberdeen Group finds similarities between how companies plan their IT projects, and how they can find their next-generation of leaders - both for IT and companywide. Adherence to standards, attention to structure, and test-and evaluate are all keys to both.

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An intriguing study recently released by Aberdeen Group finds similarities between how companies plan their IT projects, and how they can find their next-generation of leaders - both for IT and companywide. Adherence to standards, attention to structure, and test-and evaluate are all keys to both.

The study, Succession Management: Addressing the Leadership Development Challenge, explores how to having a formalized framework for identifying high-potential individuals can be the key to successful in-house promotion strategies and succession planning.

The Aberdeen study, was based on a survey of executives in human resources and standard Lines-Of-Business (LOBs) at 310 organizations. According to the survey, executives ranked two problems at utmost: (1) shortage of high-potential leadership candidates, and (2) shortage of readily-available leadership skills in the talent market.

Aberdeen's study found that both these challenges could be met if a company were to use valid and strong evaluation frameworks on an on-going basis, to watch for potential leaders in their own organizations.

"When it comes to identifying high-potentials, it is critical to evaluate their performance equally. Viewing succession candidates through the same looking glass allows organizations to compare apples to apples and make better decisions for selecting leadership candidates," said Jayson Saba, senior research associate, Aberdeen, in a statement.

Saba noted that Zapoint's enterprise talent management platform provides an "objective, standards-based structure that enables organizations to identify and develop future leaders."

How Zapoint Works
Zapoint uses a proprietary algorithmic approach to standardize the assessment of individuals both inside and outside an organization, the company said. The company converts hard skills, achievements and behavioral attributes into a common "talent currency" that is then graphed in profiles known as LifeCharts. Users can then compare these profiles in order to determine the people who have the highest leadership potential, according to the company.

The report was sponsored by a consortium of partner companies including Zapoint, a provider of talent management software. Aberdeen states the sponsors were solicited after the fact and had no substantive influence on the direction of the study, which is available at no charge.

View Aberdeen's Succession Management: Addressing the Leadership Development Challenge here.




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