As part of business strategy planning, talent planning plays an essential role in positioning a company to maximize the effectiveness of talents and gain competitive advantages. Talent planning can be viewed much broader than succession planning. It encompasses a wide range of positions and numbers of employees across an organization. Aligning with the company’s strategies and goals, talent planning is an ongoing process and its life cycle comprises planning, selecting, developing, promoting, and replacing. The core purpose of all the activities is to retain valuable employees. An analysis by Kenexa® disaggregates talent planning program into four dimensions: Career Planning, Talent Development, Leadership Development, and Succession Planning. These four dimensions ascertain the depth and width of talent planning programs.