Toward Integrating our Understanding of Talent in the US Navy
Nissen, Mark E.
Tick, Simona L.
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Over the past two years we have investigated how to understand and retain talent in two Navy Communities: Information Warfare and Surface Warfare. Both studies have been enlightening and informative, and we have a much better understanding now, both of what talent means in each community and what steps are important for retaining our talented officers in each. Indeed, we find talent to represent a situated and nuanced concept, with key characteristics differing across ranks, roles, jobs and other factors that also vary over time. Hence it has been uncertain whether the talent we retain is the best to meet our present, much less our future, needs. In this present study we work to integrate the previous two investigations toward understanding talent in the US Navy more broadly. Results of this qualitative and integrative study confirm the situated and nuanced nature of talent, but they also highlight common elements across the two communities studied, elements that may prove insightful for understanding and retaining talent across the US Navy
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NPS Report NumberNPS-IS-18-002
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