The Urgency of Growing a Talent Development Practitioners’ Community in the Philippines

by | Jul 14, 2023 | 0 comments

In today’s rapidly changing world, the demand for skilled and talented individuals is greater than ever. As technology advances and society evolves, organizations must continually adapt to stay competitive. The role of talent development practitioners in bridging the skills gap and nurturing the growth of individuals is vital. The Philippine Society for Talent Development, the country’s foremost talent development practitioners’ community is relatively small, consisting of just around 400 members. It is essential to recognize the urgency of growing a robust and inclusive community of talent development practitioners in the country to hopefully, reach its #PSTDRoadto1K target by the end of the year. This article explores the importance of expanding this community and the benefits it can bring to all stakeholders involved.

1. Recognizing the Untapped Potential:

While the current PSTD comprises approximately 400 practitioners, it is evident that there are many more professionals who play a role in talent development without realizing it. With a population of over 100 million, it is reasonable to assume that there are at least 5,000 individuals who actively contribute to talent development in various capacities. Some may not even be aware that their work falls under the umbrella of talent development. By expanding the community, we can bring these professionals together, provide clarity on their roles, and foster a supportive environment for growth and learning.

2. Addressing the Challenges of Skill, Reskilling, and Upskilling:

The rapid pace of technological advancements and societal shifts necessitates a continuous conversation on how to respond to the challenges of skill development, reskilling, and upskilling. A larger talent development community allows for a broader range of perspectives, experiences, and expertise to be shared. It facilitates discussions on emerging trends, best practices, and innovative approaches to talent development. By actively engaging in these conversations, practitioners can stay ahead of the curve and effectively address the evolving needs of organizations and individuals.

3. Harnessing the Power of Exchange:

A larger talent development community provides a platform for meaningful exchanges of ideas, practices, and technologies. Professionals from diverse industries and backgrounds can come together to share their knowledge, experiences, and success stories. Such exchanges not only enrich the individual practitioners but also create a collective wisdom that benefits the most crucial stakeholders—the talents themselves. A vibrant community fosters collaboration, collaboration drives innovation, and innovation leads to the development of new and effective talent development strategies.

4. Combating Ineffective Practices:

Expanding the talent development community also enables us to address the issue of ineffective practices that tarnish the profession’s reputation. By coming together, practitioners can collectively identify and put a stop to bad talent development practices. Sharing experiences and knowledge about what works and what doesn’t will help raise the overall standard of talent development in the Philippines. Establishing guidelines and best practices within the community will create a unified approach that emphasizes quality and professionalism.

5. Co-creating a Center for Excellence:

To further strengthen the talent development landscape in the Philippines, the community needs to co-create a center for excellence. This center would serve as a benchmark for effectiveness, efficiency, and quality in talent development practices across all organizations in the country. The Philippine Society for Talent Development has been at the forefront of promoting quality talent development, but it requires the collective effort of the entire community to make a substantial impact. By rallying together and pooling resources, the community can establish a center that provides resources, training, and accreditation programs to elevate the capabilities of Filipino talents.

The urgent need to grow a vibrant talent development practitioners’ community in the Philippines cannot be overstated. By expanding the current community of 400 members, we can tap into the untapped potential of thousands of professionals who contribute to talent development without realizing it. A larger community will facilitate discussions on skill development, foster idea exchanges, combat ineffective practices, and co-create a center for excellence.

We don’t just need members, we need leaders, we need mentors, we need experts, we innovators, and most importantly, we need people who are passionate about the practice. Through collective effort, the community can make a significant impact on elevating the capabilities of Filipino talents and ensuring their success in a rapidly evolving world. Let us unite, collaborate, and create a thriving community of talent development practitioners in the Philippines. Answer the call. Join PSTD today.

About the Writer



Edwin is the founder and CEO of ExeQserve Corporation, an HROD Solutions Company. He is also the company’s head consultant for Talent and Organization Development. Ed developed his skills in training, recruitment, human resource management, organization development, and management consulting through twenty years of collective experience in the retail, financial, BPO, and HR consulting business. He is also a member of PSTD’s Board of Trustees

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