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Professional Development - Case Studies

Case Study 1

Enhancing Talent Management with an International Banking Group

The Head of Talent Management for an international bank was tasked with evaluating the impact of a management development scheme that had been running for three years. As part of their own personal development plan they had wanted to develop their competence in programme evaluation and coaching as part of the talent management initiative. A programme plan was created which included joining a learning set of others wanting to develop their coaching skills together with training in assessment, evaluation and work based research.

A project proposal for the evaluation of the management development scheme was constructed and agreed with the Bank. PDF provided additional supervision for the project to ensure that the client (individual and organisation) delivered a project that had impact on future decision-making about management development.

Case Study 2

Addressing Burnout of Key Staff

A senior manager within a division of an international consultancy organisation had become concerned about burnout in key staff. He felt that it would be possible to explore factors impacting on burnout at both an individual and personal level. He wanted to develop a programme of study, which covered various psychological, sociological, and management theories in relation to burnout in high stress working environments. Several conversations took place within the organisation to explore the implications of the project and the sensitive nature of the subject and any possible findings.

A project for his development and the creation of a research framework was agreed that protected sensitive information. Over a two-year period approaches to the theme were explored and a detailed research project undertaken leading to a greater understanding of the issues and ways in which burnout could be both prevented and mitigated.

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