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Most Organizations Fall Short At Managing Talent, According to Korn/Ferry Survey

September 6, 2012
-Just a third of executives believe their organizations manage and develop talent effectively-

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the still-struggling world economy forces them to do more with less, only one third of organizations manage their talent effectively, according to a survey of global leaders by the Korn/Ferry Institute

What is hampering talent development?  Three-quarters of the respondents felt their organizations lacked the appropriate levels of budget, staff and skills necessary to manage their talent effectively. Further, only 29 percent of respondents said their organizations have the technology to integrate their talent data.

In response to the survey findings: "It's clear that organizations  have more work to do in the way they manage talent," said Ilene Gochman, Ph.D., Global Leader of Integrated Talent Management at Korn/Ferry.

"Companies must invest in resources to support talent management and to differentiate talent based on well-defined measures of potential and performance. The good news, though, is that most organizations already have the foundational basics in place."

According to the survey, 60 percent of organizations polled have created and implemented clear talent strategies, while fully 71 percent have core competency models in place that articulate and illustrate the skills and traits most valued by these organizations.  Despite such widespread adoption, only 53 percent say that their companies apply their core competency models across the talent-management spectrum in hiring, evaluating, developing and promoting employees.

Just one-third of respondents said their organization's talent processes are anchored in validated assessments, while roughly the same number (32 percent) agreed that metrics and analytics guide their workforce planning. Overall, the survey shows a disconnect between talent strategies and corporate commitment to building and integrating talent management processes that support the business.

In another recent Korn/Ferry survey of executives, the picture of the state of talent management was even bleaker.  Only 35 percent of the respondents said their organizations have communicated talent strategies internally.  In addition, that survey found that while 58 percent of organizations follow core competency models, only 37 percent follow such models in their hiring and promotion decisions.

The Korn/Ferry Institute is the research arm of Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a global provider of organizational leadership, human capital development and talent management solutions.


The Korn/Ferry Institute regularly conducts surveys to glean insights on the current workplace and leadership environment.  Results are based on responses through Linked-In and other channels, and through executives globally registered with the firm's online Executive Center,

About the Korn/Ferry Institute

The Korn/Ferry Institute serves as a premier global voice on a range of talent-management and leadership issues. The Institute commissions, originates and publishes groundbreaking research using Korn/Ferry's unparalleled expertise in executive recruitment and talent development combined with its preeminent behavioral research library. The Institute is dedicated to improving the state of global human capital for businesses of all sizes around the world.

About Korn/Ferry International

Korn/Ferry International is a premier global provider of talent management solutions, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  The firm delivers services and solutions that help clients cultivate greatness through the attraction, engagement, development and retention of their talent. Visit for more information on Korn/Ferry International, and for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

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