When developing the skills of employees, make sure to discuss their goals for the future.

Developing talent in your small business is part of the larger talent management process that occurs over the years. In a “global and virtual workforce,” says Nancy R. Lockwood in “Talent Management: Driver for Organizational Success,” your employee base is increasingly diverse.

This new diversity opens up opportunities to develop talent to achieve your vision. Developing talent also means projecting the skills you will need in the future and making sure those talents are there when shortages are projected.

Step 1

Identify your small business goals over the coming years. Clarify the demands your goals place on employee skill sets. Look for “talent gaps” or skill sets lacking in your current work force, advises RMG Consulting.

Step 2

Devise a plan to recruit the talent you need and to develop talent you have. Develop talent over time using seminars, workshops.

Step 3

Provide employees with tools to assess their professional goals and their strengths, advises the website All Things Workplace. Provide opportunities for employees to reject performing roles they do not want to do.

Step 4

Meet with employees to discuss their places in your business. Guide them to prepare for movement into more challenging tasks that match your company goals.

Step 5

Perform regular reviews and evaluations. Meet with your managers to assess progress and changes. Meet with employees to check on their development. Engage in dialog about your business strategies and their roles in your vision.