The dilemma of “to tell or not tell?” a high-potential employee that they have been identified as such has been around for decades. Don Laidlaw, Corporate Head of Executive Resources for IBM in the 1980s, used to respond to this question with a simple answer: “Yo,” or yes and no.
Are you looking at your complete leadership pipeline when identifying potential? Is too much of your talent being ‘bought’ externally rather than promoted from the inside? Have your leaders received the right blend of development experiences?