High Potentials' Not Universally Accepted

According to a survey of more than 450 organizations, the term “high potentials” is not universally accepted.

Here are “Agree” responses to the following statements:

>> We have no problem using “high potentials.” 27%

>> We are aware of the negative connotation of “high potentials,”

but have yet to find a better term. 18%

>> We do not use “high potentials. 42%

When asked how selection of high-potentials programs are seen by employees, here is the breakdown of responses:

>> As fair and even-handed 14%

>> As flawed, but well-intentioned 24%

>> As partial and political 34%

The survey was conducted by AMA Enterprise.

—More info: American Management Association, www.amanet.org

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