Give your bench a chance (Guest commentary)

Lessons learned from basketball star Jeremy Lin
By Jack Welch and Suzy Welch
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2012

Can you stand to read one more thing about the lin-credible, lin-tense, lin-probable Jeremy Lin without going totally lin-sane?

Yes, we’re going there. Not just because we’re crazy about Lin’s on-court heroics for the New York Knicks (although we are) or his off-court humility (which we also love) but because when you manage to put aside all the hootin’-and-hollerin’ about Lin, his gripping story offers an important lesson for business leaders — give your bench a chance.

That’s right, your bench. Those employees in their 20s and early 30s you think need a little more exposure outside their functional area, a few more years of people management or maybe just plain life experience before they move up a small rung to the next, wholly predictable level.