Anglo American South Africa: Strategically Mining Leadership Talent for Succession
(9 pages of text)
On May 27, 2018, Maryanne Trollope, the Learning and Development (L&D) manager for Anglo American South Africa, was considering her dilemma of handing over her brainchild to her successor. The Building Leaders and Shaping Talent (BLAST) program was a flagship talent management program for young graduates in South Africa, and she wanted to ensure a smooth transition for her successor and to ensure that the BLASTers (BLAST recruits) developed relationships with her replacement. Trollope was meeting with one BLASTer, who had been on an international BLAST placement in London, England. She had to decide when to introduce this recruit to the individual taking over the program and what information and insight she should recommend the recruit share with her colleague. What were the critical success factors of the talent management program, and how could Trollope ensure sustained success and a smooth handover process?
The case is suitable for a graduate-level course on human resources management, organizational behaviour, or organizational development. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
- Understand the elements of a talent management program.
- Analyze talent management to determine whether it contributes to equality.
- Identify stakeholders in a talent management program and how to meet their needs.
- Evaluate the contribution of talent management elements to building a leadership brand.
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
South Africa, Large, 2017
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