Talent acquisition, development, and mobility decisions have traditionally been
informed by hard skills and knowledge—the specific set of learned activities required
for a job. Not only do these criteria not account for the changing nature of people and
jobs, but years of research prove how much bias they bring to talent management decisions. 

Talents account for the fluidity of job responsibilities, business strategies, and people,
making them a more evergreen, forward-looking, and unbiased dataset on which to base 
your talent process. While we find hard skills and knowledge on traditional resumes, Talents
are more difficult to measure—yet measuring them is a game-changer.  

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What are Talents?

Talents are recurring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior. Often referred to as “soft skills,” Talents represent how we are consistently hardwired as humans. They include things like innovation, persuasion, teamwork, adaptation, and communication.  

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Why Talents?

Talents are up to 4X more predictive of success than job-specific skills and knowledge because they predict an individual’s behavioral competency for a role, rather than just their eligibility. The result is a more accurate dataset that informs unbiased decisions and truly supports a data-driven, inclusive culture.  

Plum's 10 Talents

Plum’s 10 Talents are built on decades of scientifically proven I/O psychology that
measure personality, social intelligence, and problem-solving ability.
 

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True Team Player

These are people who have a tendency to work effectively with people and cooperate with others.
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Diverging arrows

Powerful Persuader

Powerful Persuaders have a special ability to convince others of a direction, activity, or idea, and influence decision-making.
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Checklist

Outcome Owner

These are people who have an incredible ability to set goals, monitor progress, and take the initiative to improve their work.
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Handshake

Peacemaker

Peacemakers have a remarkable ability to bring others together to resolve conflict and reconcile differences.
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Bulb

Innovator

People who are Innovators have a knack for generating novel solutions and creative ideas to solve problems.
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Flag on a mountain

Marvelous Manager

Marvelous Managers take charge of a group and are uniquely positioned to motivate group members toward common goals.
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Medal

Diversity Champion

Diversity Champions understand others’ perspectives and deal effectively with different people, regardless of experience or background.
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Dots

Decision Maker

People who are Decision Makers can make high-quality decisions, even when presented with limited information.
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Chat symbol

Chief Communicator

These are people who have a unique ability to convey ideas effectively and identify messages that others are attempting to convey.
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Lizard

Adaptive Ace

People with high adaptation ability can adjust to changes in the workplace while maintaining a positive demeanor.
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Leverage Talents as a universal dataset

Whether it's succession planning, employee development, a workforce re-org, or talent acquisition, Talents provide one unbiased metric that is consistently accurate and relevant on which to base your decisions that can be scaled across your entire organization. 


EXPERIENCE THE DE&I DIFFERENCE

Unlike hard skills and knowledge, Talents are not dependent on race, gender, or age. By seeing and considering
everyone with the right Talents, potential, and interest for a role, you show your workforce a powerful commitment
to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
 

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and inclusive.
 

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