Episode 37: Companies Are Bad At Identifying High Potential Employees

The 90th Percentile: An Unconventional Leadership Podcast

Published: June 15, 2021

90th Percentile Episode 37 Hi pOsDetails

A high-potential employee is usually in the top 5% of employees in an organization. These people are thought to be the organization’s most capable, most motivated, and most likely to ascend to positions of responsibility and power. To help these employees prepare for leadership roles in a thoughtful, efficient manner, companies often institute formal high-potential (HIPO) programs. Today we’re discussing how some of these chosen elites don’t belong there and how to spot the truly high potentials in your organization.

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Additional Resources

Companies Are Bad at Selecting High Potential Employees– Harvard Business Review article by Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman

How Extraordinary Leaders Double Profits– Leadership Study by Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman