According to Hewitt Associates, “under-recognition of high potentials is one of the single biggest issues companies face.” This claim, an overstatement by a firm that consults on talent management, nevertheless makes a good point.
talent mgt., June 2009 at 17, adds that when executives treat specially their very best talent, many “worry about alienating or disengaging others in the organization. Or conversely, they over-reward average performance in a misplaced effort to acknowledge everyone’s contributions. These both send wrong messages.” (See my post of July 29, 2007: high potentials with 10 references.). General counsel should pay heed.