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Developing Effective Employees: In Joan Magretta's new bestseller, she reminds us that most people "are deeply and rightly resistant to being managed." And yet, to maximize their effectiveness, employees must understand their own strengths, have ...

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Developing Effective Employees: In Joan Magretta's new bestseller, she reminds us that most people "are deeply and rightly resistant to being managed."

And yet, to maximize their effectiveness, employees must understand their own strengths, have a clearly defined plan to apply them and demonstrate commitment to follow through.

However, the enormous effort needed to define and manage a talent inventory with personalized development plans often prevents organizations from moving forward.

Now, there are easy-to-use web-based processes that give organizations the capability to quickly and efficiently inventory employee talents and automatically create personalized development plans that capitalize on unique individuals strengths.

The Process: The process usually begins with the employee completing an online behavioral assessment which identifies individual strengths, alternatives to surmount work obstacles and potential action steps for goal achievement.

This provides a framework for action planning with the employee's manager or team. Many of these tools actually have accompanying action plan templates for online completion.

As the employee actually initiates the process, these tools typically lead to greater employee commitment, accountability and renewed energy in achieving organizational goals. Companies also use these tools as yardsticks for measuring progress, or if need be, documentation.

"The best performers are people who know enough and care enough to manage themselves."

J. Magretta, What Is Management