The High Potential's Advantage: Get Noticed, Impress Your Bosses, and Become a Top Leader

The High Potential's Advantage: Get Noticed, Impress Your Bosses, and Become a Top Leader

by Jay Conger, Allan Church

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Overview

Do You Know What It Takes to Be a High Potential in Your Organization?

Being seen as a high-potential leader is essential to getting promoted and reaching your organization's upper echelons, but most companies keep their top-talent list a closely guarded secret. And the assessment process they use to decide who is and isn't a future leader is an even greater mystery.

The High Potential's Advantage takes you behind the scenes and shows how you can get on, and stay on, your company's fast track. Leadership development experts Jay Conger and Allan Church draw upon decades of research and experience--designing high-potential programs for hundreds of large well-known global organizations and assessing and coaching thousands of talented leaders--to answer the critical questions asked by ambitious individuals like you: What will it take for me to advance in this organization? What does my boss look for when deciding whether I’m a high potential? Once I'm on the list, then what? Can I fall off it and, if so, what do I do?

Revealing the key differentiators--five critical "X factors"--that set people apart across companies of all types, Conger and Church show what you need to do to achieve and maintain top-talent status. You’ll find detailed advice for cultivating and practicing each X factor, with numerous and rich examples from those on the verge of their first promotion to those only a step away from the C-suite. The High Potential's Advantage also shows you how to gain insight into and excel at the specific process your company uses to identify and develop high potentials--and how to determine which unique capabilities your company values the most. The High Potential's Advantage is the essential guide to becoming a leader in your organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633692886
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jay A. Conger is an expert in leadership development. He has worked with thousands of leaders and is the author of fifteen books and more than a hundred articles on various aspects of leadership. He is the Henry R. Kravis Research Chair in Leadership Studies at Claremont McKenna College and is recognized as one of the world's foremost management educators.

Allan H. Church is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Assessment & Development at PepsiCo. A leading practitioner in talent management and organization development, he has designed many of the company's world-class talent strategies and tools. He is the author of several books and over 150 articles on leadership research, theory, and practice. He teaches courses on talent management at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Author social media/website info:
Jay A. Conger: kravisleadershipinstitute.org/people/jay-a-conger/; cmc.edu/academic/faculty/profile/jay-conger; ceo.usc.edu/research-scientists/conger/
Allan H. Church: hrps.org/?page=AllanChurch; pepsico.com/

Table of Contents

1 What Does It Mean to Be a High Potential and How Can You Become One? 1

Part 1 The Five X Factors of High-Potential Talent

2 Situation Sensing 23

How to Build Trust with Your Bosses

3 Talent Accelerating 51

How Focusing on Your Team's Development Multiplies Your Potential

4 Career Piloting 77

How to Succeed at the Difficult Assignments Ahead

5 Complexity Translating 101

How to Turn Data into Compelling Insights

6 Catalytic Learning 125

How to Turn Insights into Performance

Part 2 How to Navigate Your Organization's High-Potential Processes

7 Assessment 151

How Your Organization Sizes You Up

8 The Talent Review 175

Making Certain Your Organization Has a Clear Picture of Who You Are and What You Want

9 Corporate Culture 191

Understanding the Forces That Shape People's Perception of You

10 Continuing Your High-Potential Journey 215

Notes 229

Bibliography 233

Index 237

Acknowledgments 247

About the Authors 251

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