The talent liberation story

Talent liberation was born from frustration.

Frustration that a lot of the thinking on talent was too narrow to bring the promised competitive advantage.

Frustration that talent management was not fit for purpose in the changing work environment.

Frustration that the language and processes of talent management were restricting the way people thought of the problems and the solutions, creating a focus on process rather than purpose.

Combining academic research, thought leadership and practical leadership and practical experience, we wanted to develop a different approach. Through collaboration, conversation, trial and error, Talent Liberation was born.

We believe that this approach opens new ways of thinking about the challenges and the potential solutions, bringing potential benefits to organisations, leaders and to individuals. We are on a mission to set talent free.

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From Talent Management to Talent Liberation

A book by Dr Maggi Evans, Prof John Arnold and Dr Andrew Rothwell

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Maggi Evans.

Dr Maggi Evans

Maggi Evans an experienced consultant with international experience across a wide range of sectors. I am passionate about liberating talent in ways that benefit the individual and the organisation. I bring together research and practice to develop practical ways for organisations to drive competitive advantage through their approach to talent. This includes identifying strategic risks by looking at access to internal and external talent, exploring scenarios to better understand talent requirements, and balancing formal process with developing an environment where talented people can flourish.

John Arnold.

Professor John Arnold

John Arnold is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, UK. He is a Fellow and Chartered Occupational Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS). John’s research, teaching and consultancy involve all areas of careers and their management from both individual and organizational perspectives.

Particular interests include career choice, personal development and adjustment, work role identities and transitions (including the transition into working life), career success and failure, mid/late career issues, and the impact of career management interventions such as mentoring, development centres and succession planning.

John is author or co-author of 80 refereed journal articles, the successful textbook Work Psychology (6th edition published in 2016), and the specialist books Managing Careers into the 21st Century (1997) and Understanding Careers 2nd edition (2014). He is past editor of Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. He currently holds responsibility for maximising the practical impact of his School’s research and for the innovative BPS-accredited undergraduate degree course in Business Psychology.

Andrew Rothwell.

Dr Andrew Rothwell

Dr Andrew Rothwell is a well-qualified professional with senior leadership experience. He is currently Director of MSc Human Resource Management programmes at Loughborough University School of Business & Economics. Professionally, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of Advance HE. He has over twenty-five years’ experience of academic leadership, professional development and consultancy in a variety of contexts including international collaboration and corporate development.

His PhD. (Professionals, CPD and Employability, Loughborough, 2004) has led to a globally cited body of research with publications in leading international journals, conferences and edited textbooks. He is the University’s liaison contact with the global Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) reflecting a personal commitment to ethical practice and sustainability in management and professional life, and founder of the ‘Responsible Management’ Research Interest group.

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