It seems that everyone is talking about it, from academics and businesses to governments: global talent management is the working world’s latest craze. Rulers in the Arab Gulf push through new legislation to manage the talents of their national and expatriate workforce. Western states, like Australia and Canada, attempt to attract talented migrants by picking and choosing the talent that will be best for these countries. But what is global talent management? Why has it become so important, and what will it look like in the future?