To tell, or not to tell

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/04/2002

The identification of a group of individuals with “high potential” presents an immediate dilemma for the organization: How explicit should the organization be about its attention towards a select group?

On the one hand, talented managers generally know their worth — by not acknowledging their contributions the organization misses the opportunity to positively reinforce successful behaviours. On the other hand, too much focus on a select group risks alienating solid performers who are not chosen.

The development of a successful communications strategy depends on leadership program goals and the culture of the organization. Here are some general guidelines: