High Potential Employee Strategies and Talent Management
High potential employee strategies (also known as HIPO Strategies) should be an integral part of your overall talent management and leadership succession planning 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:
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
Based upon data from our leadership simulation assessments, here are four HIPO steps to incorporate into your talent management strategy to increase performance:
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.
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.
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.
Rather, each team member needs to understand that unless they all win, no one individual wins.
The Bottom Line
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.
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