Identifying High Potential
Diane Locke, Queen’s IRC Facilitator, 2019
How do you spot potential? What differentiates a high potential employee from one who has reached a career plateau? Many organizations fall into the trap of relying on past performance as a measure of future potential. Current and past performance may be an indicator of potential, but the two are not synonymous. In fact, according to a study conducted by Gartner (previously CEB/SHL Talent Measurement) only one in seven high performers are actually high potentials. That means that over 85% of today’s top performers lack the critical attributes essential to success in future roles. People who perform well in their current positions can fail miserably if they are promoted beyond their level of competence.
To more accurately identify potential, it is useful to assess an individual’s level of “learning agility”. Learning agility is the speed at which people learn and adapt to change. It is a term used to describe continuous learners who are open to exploring new ways of thinking and being. Agile learners are students of life who are able to abandon entrenched patterns and ways of operating to try new things.
5 Steps to Build Trust and Change the Culture in an Organization
Paul Juniper, Queen's IRC, 2014
How do you change the culture in a workplace where workers don't trust the leaders, where employees are not engaged, and where people just don't care about doing their jobs? A few months ago, I was speaking to a group of senior leaders and the topic of changing culture and increasing employee engagement came up. The conversation started innocuously, with a comment like, “There's too many potholes in the road and you can't get people, whose job it is to fill potholes, to care.”
“Why do you think that the workers don't care?” I asked. “How does management behave?” We had talked earlier about the importance of mission, vision, values and behaviours – and the one we didn't get to was behaviours. Every organization has a mission and a vision, and most of us have values like honesty and integrity. But often in the workplace, what you actually see demonstrated is dishonesty and lack of integrity. Is it any wonder why the employees are not engaged?
As our conversation continued, there was disbelief that it was possible to change a culture, particularly from one very senior person who works in the public sector. She was fascinated. She said, “Can you really change a culture?”
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Conference and Trade Show Update
This month, we have attended a couple of conferences and trade shows.
CPHR British Columbia & Yukon Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver
CPHRAB HR UNDEFINED Conference and Trade Show in Edmonton
The winner of one of our draws for a Tiffany's gift card is: Amber Woodford. (More to come!)