High Potential Employee Strategies – Put Your High Fliers on the Same Team

A team of sky divers = high potential employee strategies

High potential employee strategies (also known as HIPO Strategies) should be an integral part of your overall talent management strategy to attract, develop, engage and retain top talent.

New High Potential Employee Strategies
One of our favorite high potential employee strategies is to find a mission-critical initiative and put HIPO’s on the team together. While many organizations like to spread their high potential employees across the organization to develop and mentor others, there are some eye-opening statistics about the effectiveness of a team built of mostly “A” players.

What Recent Research Says about HIPO Teams
You would expect that such a team would perform at a higher level than one made up of average workers. But look at what the studies from Bain & Co have found:

  • A team of 5 star employees is able to produce 16 times the output of a team of five average players working individually, and
  • A great leader can raise the productivity of an average team by about 10% and, when in charge of an team of star players, can raise that team’s productivity by more than 10%, all while that team of all stars was significantly higher to start with

Who wouldn’t want to be able to claim such multipliers of productivity?

The Four Steps to Include in Your New High Potential Employee Strategies
Here are 4 HIPO steps to incorporate into your talent management strategy to increase performance:

  1. Know who and where your HIPOs are.
    Rather than rely on subjective assessments of who represents your High Potential Employees, track the performance of all employees so you have a reliable measure. Get a sense, too, of each individual’s special talents so they can be placed in a position that takes advantage of their unique skills and where they will have the greatest impact.
  2. Cluster HIPOs together.
    Team assignments should be based on your strategy to perform and win in a way that aligns with your mission, vision and value. The output of some teams will matter more than the output of others in your short- and long-term plan for success. Build your teams with a view toward assembling all-star high potential employees together when that team’s goals are a high priority. You are much more likely to see stellar performance this way than if you average-out your teams in a misguided effort to be “democratic.” Mission-critical initiatives deserve your best shot with your highest performers.
  3. Ensure your underlying systems support a team approach.
    Does your company reward only individual and not team performance?If so, this is hardly conducive to building strong teams where all members pull in the same direction toward a common goal. Take a close look at your reward and recognition programs and the opportunities for development and career advancement at your company. Make sure they reward and encourage the kind of team behavior you seek.
  4. Keep their eyes on the prize.
    As high potential employees reach high performing status, they often develop egos to match. Because of this, the team leader faces a common high performer challenge…to keep team members focused on the overall goal of the team. There should be no vying to stand out as a single star. Rather, each team member needs to understand that unless they all win, no one individual wins.

The way you deploy your high potential talent can have a huge impact on your organization’s productivity. Prioritize your company goals, plan the strategy, and wisely use your high potential and high performing talent to make it happen.

To learn more about talent management and high potential employee strategies that work, download Talent: 1/3rd of the Recipe for Success

Comments are closed.

We recently partnered with LSA Global to offer our Supervisors and Managers a customized two-day management training program. Everyone who attended said it was by far the best management training program they had ever attended. The content was rich and highly interactive. The case studies were relevant. Each participant walked away from the training much better equipped to lead their teams.

Jeff Coon
Director of Human Resources

LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company. As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide a solution to our management training needs. LSA does that for me. Their solutions are presented in a much more leadership-oriented manner so as to be crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply right back on the job. I will continue to augment our programs using LSA solutions.

Ken Boehm
VP of Human Resources

I have worked with LSA Global at previous companies and welcomed the opportunity to bring them in to support my new organization. We worked closely with LSA to design a solution for our Client Partner Teams and Management Training on both coasts. LSA designed a customized solution for our business and organizational culture. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner that makes an impact.

Laurie Torres
Chief People Officer

LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.

Jim Elliott
Senior Marketing Manager

Samsung

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

Our company engaged LSA to do a specialized “train the trainer” program, and the consultant’s performance outdid our exceptionally high standards for such a program. Very crucial to the success of this program was the work done upfront to discuss our needs and to interview key members of our organization so that the program specifically met our goals. Our facilitators continue to comment on the success of the program. Thanks also for the follow-up.

Frank Abbott
Chief Financial Officer

I highly recommend LSA Global to anyone who is looking to improve individual or organizational effectiveness through their top quality programs and broad range of expertise.

Greg Pappas
VP of Human Resources

Avon’s success is dependent on strong relationships among our Customers, Representatives, Associates, and outside resources we hire to help us meet our business objectives. We were very pleased with the results from working with LSA Global to design and facilitate a custom program for our events management team. LSA demonstrated responsiveness, flexibility, and an innovative approach to working with us.

Deanna Rudnitsky
Senior Manager, HR Destiny Sales Region

VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.

Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources

Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial. We recently implemented a Management Development Program that was designed and customized to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent. We worked closely with LSA to target and implement the right solutions with the greatest impact. I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner.

Janice Passarello
Director of Human Resources

Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.

Sarah Parks
Senior Project Manager

Hyperion

Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

LSA provided top notch solutions right when and how we needed them. They exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and cost standpoint. I recommend them to anyone looking for a true business partner in the Learning and Development arena. The breadth and depth of their expertise has helped us hit tight deadlines across multiple projects.

Fortune 500 Financial Services Company
Director of Infrastructure & Technology

Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out our valuable management development training program. I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight working with LSA. We look forward to partnering with them at Blackhawk Networks for future training and consulting needs.

Suzanne Kinner
VP Human Resources

Blackhawk Network

Each program is preceded by an assessment of the participants. The course is then designed to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group. The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course. Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually. Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.

Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager

Evaluate your Performance

Toolkits

Toolkits

Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.

More

Health Checks

Health Checks

Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations?  Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.

More

Whitepapers

Whitepapers

Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.

More

Methodology

Methodologies

First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.

More

Blogs

Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.

More

Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.

More