Matches - leadership conceptWhat is good leadership development?  And who are the leaders anyway?

Sony’s Talent & Performance Senior Manager, Christoph Williams has shared his experience of developing talent at all levels.  Individual leadership is the future, where all of us step up and take responsibility for developing our own strengths and therefore deliver more for our business.

Quoting Dan Pink, Christoph spoke about the “talent that whispers.”  He emphasised how we all have talents in different areas and if these are not being maximised in our workplace, both the business and the individual miss out.

Inviting us all to consider and maximise our talents is a fantastic talent management, employee engagement and commercial growth activity.  Three for the price of one!

Sony’s development activities ranged from X Factor style peer reviews, Dragon’s Den style project pitches with investments made for great ideas, and finally an experience along the lines of The Apprentice.  These specific activities may or may not be relevant for us – we must each find development projects that fit our organisational cultures.


Many of us have discussed for years the idea that we are better to consider talent management as a focus on everyone’s talent rather than an elite group. This talk from Sony emphasises the description of all of us as not only talent, but leaders.

How are we leading our lives?  How are we leading those around us – teams, peers and managers?
And how are we recognising “talent that whispers”?


  • A development programme that welcomes and recognises all sorts of talent at all levels, positively impacts on both talent management and employee engagement
  • Add in projects that ask participants to generate commercial growth ideas, and we also get immediate payback on our investment in development
  • When we ask our people what they want, what they’ll do to get it and how we can support them, we bypass the focus on management to provide everything for everyone and ultimately empower all to lead, grow and deliver

Further Reading

Christoph quoted Dan Pink on “talent that whispers” and Gary Hamel on management innovation – click on their names above to read more about their work.