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A Guide to Executive Talent Mapping

Posted By: Debbie Milks on September 25, 2023

A confident, happy executive candidate smiles while seated in an office.

Executive talent mapping helps organizations proactively assess, identify, and engage potential future leaders—both internally and externally—who may help them fulfill their long-term business goals and executive succession plans. The practice entails defining an organization’s goals, vision, and mission so that the recruiting process is more streamlined.

As a strategy, the practice can work well on many levels and is flexible enough to be tailored based on each organization’s preferences and methods. Here’s an overview of how it works.



How Executive Talent Mapping Is Performed

Organizations keep a comprehensive database of both internal and external professionals that’s used for their executive talent mapping. The organizations keep dossiers of these candidates, and using technology and artificial intelligence, they can easily track their careers and accomplishments and earmark them for recruiting (external candidates) or promotion (internal candidates).


Through an analytical process, an organization can match individuals to departments and open positions and recruit accordingly. Each candidate is evaluated based on their hard and soft skills, values, and other qualities through a unique, proprietary process, increasing the odds of a successful match and placement.

The Benefits Of Executive Talent Mapping  

Executive talent mapping has several advantages, including during recruitment, because it allows an organization to consider familiar candidates before looking at unfamiliar candidates.


Businesses know exactly what they need and where the skills gaps exist, and they train existing employees based on what new talent brings. It’s thorough, which is what makes it worthwhile.

Brookwoods Group Fills The Human Touch Gap That Talent Mapping Can’t

At Brookwoods Group, we understand that talent mapping can help recruit future executives for key roles, but when it comes to Austin executive search firms, there is no substitute for the human touch. Data can easily measure hard skills and accomplishments but falls short in evaluating the soft skills that make a candidate successful.

Executive talent mapping methods can delve into a candidate’s personality, values, and motivations, but until that candidate sits across from an experienced, seasoned executive recruiter who can observe them under pressure, they simply aren’t proven.

Contact us to talk to one of our Executive recruiters austin to learn more about how we can add value to your talent mapping process. For more insight, you can learn more about the roles we fill and review our testimonials.