Talent development rethought

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Talent development rethought


The story

DQ originated from the desire to improve talent development. Higher learning transfer, more sustainability, real business impact. In cooperation with the Aalen University of Applied Sciences, DQ was developed during a one-year project called “Rethinking People Development”. Together with the founder, 12 students set off on their own Journey and worked together on a solid scientific foundation to develop the concept of sending talents on their own individual heros’ Journeys.

The concept development was accompanied by a “Sounding Board” comprising of passionate talent developers, experienced HR managers, top executives, ambitious high potentials and proven digital experts. In regular meetings, many ideas were generated (and some rejected), their implementation was tracked closely and the entire approach was checked for practicability.

The final concept was then ready to be evaluated and fine-tuned in real test runs with interested participants. ‘Users’ (from young professionals to executives) from a wide range of companies (from start-ups to large corporations) went on their own Journeys with DQ. ‘Customers’ (managers and HR professionals) also gave a great deal of extremely valuable feedback. 

The result has been successfully “online” since the end of 2018 and, in the meantime, dozens of high-potential employees from a wide range of industries and functions have successfully and sustainably developed themselves with DQ.

The core team

Michael Wohlstein came up with the idea and is the Founder of DQ. As a Diplom-Kaufmann univ. (MBA / University of the German Armed Forces Munich), Master of Human Resource Management (Open University Business School) and Systemic Business Coach (certified by the German Association for Coaching and Training) he has shaped international talent development programs for many years. From apprentices to trainees and future key position holders, he has always been interested in effective development that will take high potentials to their next career level.

Eager to combine the best of the classic approaches to personnel development and the opportunities that digital channels offer, he got the idea to re-think talent development.

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Lorena Körner has supported the idea since October 2019 as a Talent Development Employee. With her Master of Science in Psychology (Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg), her coaching experience within the student initiative ‘Campus Coaching’ at the University of Würzburg and her inspiring spirit, she enhances DQ from both a professional and personal perspective. By working as a research assistant in the Business Psychology Program at Aalen University of Applied Sciences and in their cooperation projects, she also ensures a scientific foundation and continuous evaluation of the concept.

Above all, she is convinced of the autonomous and sustainable approach of DQ and would like to accompany talents on their way to their goal.

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