Effective coaching for high-potentials: a talent management approach

Margarita Nyfoudi*, Konstantinos Tasoulis

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter defines coaching as the interaction between a coach and one or more job incumbents, during which the coach uses a specific process to guide the coachee(s) towards the identification and achievement of work-related goals. The word coaching originates from the Hungarian word “kocsi”, which means wagon, and it was introduced into the management literature by Mace (1950). High-potential employees are part of a Talent Management (TM) approach that emphasizes positioning, i.e., the identification of strategic positions in the organization and allocation of talented individuals to these positions. Coaching, as a dialogic and personalized intervention, fits well with the selective nature of TM programs designed exclusively for high-potential and high-performing employees. The adoption of coaching for talent development and positioning warrants substantial deliberation over the way in which the processes of goal setting, feedback and plan implementation take place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Talent Management
EditorsIbraiz Tarique
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315474687, 9781315474694 (PDF), 9781315474670 (EPUB)
ISBN (Print)9781138202146
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Companions in Business, Management and Marketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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