When High-Pots Believe in the Uniqueness of Their Special

RJ Morris Career Paths, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, Leadership, RJ Morris, Talent Management

In the Talent world, we hear about high potential employees all the time. “She’s a high-potential; that team is loaded with high-pots; we need a high-pot to take on that unit.” Everybody wants someone labeled as a high-potential talent. Everyone, that is, except for a high-potential leading a team. One of the biggest challenges I have seen is getting a …

Can You Hear Me Now? Hiring a Competitor’s Star or Day-Old Bread?

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Outmatch, Pop Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris

In the Talent Acquisition world, hiring a big name player from a competitor can be a huge “get,” or it can backfire. “What do you mean, RJ?  I thought hiring stars was what we want.”  My answer is sometimes.  Two examples from the press recently show how different scenarios play out. First, the good hire. United Airlines recently hired a …

Why High-Potential Employees Fail

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, RJ Morris

I’ve been doing a bit more development and succession planning work lately, especially around internal leadership development candidates. If you have ever been involved in a succession planning process, you know this truth—that funnel gets a lot narrower as time goes on. Stan was a high potential four years ago, but he’s out of your funnel this year. As a …