Talent-development strategies are often founded on "mortally misguided myths" that lead companies to squander employee potential, write Wendy Axelrod and Jeannie Coyle. If you're only helping your top talent or are letting HR take the lead on development, then you've likely fallen prey to one of these misconceptions. "Debunk these myths at your company and demand that your talent development get real -- with managers in the lead," Axelrod and Coyle advise.

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