Growing up has never been easy, for people or for organizations. Both progress through various stages of life – from infancy to maturity – facing constant internal and external struggles to survive and hopefully, to thrive. In today’s globally-integrated marketplace, these challenges can be amplified. Our research identifies four broad stages of growth, each with particular talent management issues. Here, we offer the forward-looking human capital practitioner guidelines for anticipating and heading off the next set of challenges before they happen.