- Failure to conduct a thorough job analysis of each position to be filled.
- Lack of internal bench strength (e.g., having a weak or limited talent pool within the organization).
- Lack of effective tools and strategies for identifying high potential employees.
- Failure to groom high potentials for advancement within the company.
- Frantic or chaotic efforts to fill vital roles within the organization as openings arise (and they sometimes arise with little or no warning).
- Uncertainty among key contributors as to where they're headed within the organization.
- Loss of valuable time for training and development of high potentials. (This type of preparation has a major impact upon the individual's effectiveness in a new role. It dramatically increases the likelihood of success for the individual and the organization. It ought to be a priority.)
- Intense competition among key employees who believe they are vying for promotion.
- Marked disruption in overall organizational performance.
- Identify the core skills and capabilities associated with success for each key position.
- Evaluate the various competencies of their most promising employees.
- Develop these talented folks so that they're prepared to take on the myriad challenges and responsibilities of their future positions.
About the Author
Liz Bywater, PhD, is a consultant and coach to corporate executives, professionals, and independent business owners. She consults, writes, and speaks on a variety of work-related topics, including workplace performance, outstanding leadership, effective communication skills, and work-life balance.
Dr. Bywater sits on the advisory board for Par Excellence magazine and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Advancement of Consulting, the Cornell Entrepreneur Network, and Women Inventing Next. She is quoted frequently in the media and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today.
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