High Potential: How to Spot, Manage and Develop Talented People at Work

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9781472904300: High Potential: How to Spot, Manage and Develop Talented People at Work

Nurturing future talent in the workplace – choosing the right people, developing the good into the best and keeping hold of the brightest – is essential for a successful business.

This research-led yet accessible book offers a practical guide to:

Clearly understanding and defining potential
High flying personality traits to look out for and biographical markers of potential
Selecting positive high potential traits and weeding out negative traits like manipulation, superficial charm or narcissism
The best assessment and management methods
Managing high potential employees and developing their careers
Understanding why people choose to leave or stay at a company
Looking at potential in context; what it means to small vs large businesses, or the public and private sector.

High Potential provides a practical framework for showing managers how to create a strong strategic vision for a high performing, high potential workforce; a real competitive business advantage.

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Ian MacRae is owner of Paragon Research Ltd offering customized research services to clients across the UK and Canada. Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at UCL, and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management. He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books and is among the most well-known and productive psychologists in the world.

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I have been waiting for a book like this for years! This is an outstanding tour-de-force in helping organisations identify and develop high potential talent. This book is in a category of its' own, and every HR professional needs to read it from cover to cover. A must read if you truly care about developing your people. -- Cary L. Cooper * CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, and Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences * Spotting, managing and retaining high performers is crucial for the success of any organisation - and Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham provide a characteristically engaging and accessible account of what we know about this area, and crucially, how to make good use of this knowledge. -- Professor Paul Webley * Director, SOAS, University of London * Adrian Furnham's unique view on leadership goes from strength to strength. In his latest book with Ian MacRae he helps us to understand the importance of identifying and developing the potential that lies within our greatest asset - our people. This is the potential that got us through the interview process in the first place. Perhaps, more importantly, he shows us how to `select out' as well as `select in' thus preventing all the HR heartaches that arise when things go wrong. -- Wing Commander Glynn Allcock * Strategic Leadership Programme. Director Defence Academy of the UK * High Potential is not only an all-encompassing review of the science of potential but also encourages you to develop strategies on how to attract, select, develop, grow, and retain truly talented individuals in your organisation; those who in the end will make the difference. -- Paul K Winter * Director Worldly Leadership Foundation * Too often the term "High Potential" is applied to individuals who aren't because organisations fail to properly identify them. This then has a very damaging effect on both the organisation and the individual - where assessing on past performance alone this leads to over 50% failing in their next level roles. In the future this should not happen as this book deals effectively with the issues of accurate identification, development and even potential derailing of those critical to organisational success now and in the future. For the astute ambitious individual this also provides an excellent "self-development" guide. -- Chris Roebuck * former Global Head of Talent and Leadership UBS and Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership Cass Business School London * MacRae and Furnham have penned a provocative exploration of the psychology of high potential, offering creative ways to spot and develop talented people. The section on beliefs and attitudes about work highlights important territory that is sometimes overlooked. -- John Hughes * Head of Leadership Development, PwC UK * How to spot and manage talent is a huge differentiator for organisations and this book provides invaluable advice and timeless wisdom from its' renowned authors. A comprehensive guide for identifying untapped potential and managing and developing talent, it offers a pragmatic view in recognising that there is no `one-size-fits-all' formula for success in managing high potentials and is written with clarity and practicality. -- Joanna Van De Vyvere * Director of People, Performance and Culture, Europe, Middle East and Africa, KPMG * We are surrounded by colleagues some of whom we must choose to grow and leverage in order to execute our strategy. Choose the wrong ones and you will fail. This book will help you win. -- Lloyd M. Craig * Director, Alberta Treasury Branches * The future belongs to those who know their values and where they will be valued. MacRae and Furnham present evidence based solutions to identify and recruit people with the right stuff, and how to invest in their development to retain high performing employees. -- Russel C. Robertson * CEO, Transportation Career Development Association * The range of content is electrifying. Every senior manager concerned with high potential staff needs to be aware of the content of this book. The cost of wasted and lost talent across all businesses is staggering and the guidance given by MacRae and Furnham will make a serious difference to business performance. -- Andrew May * CMI Professional Manager magazine * A book that ranges over a wide number of human resource management issues, it outlines the skills necessary for understanding and defining potential, high flying personality traits to watch out for and weeding out traits like manipulation, superficial charm or narcissism and managing high potential employers and employees. -- Frank Dillon * The Irish Times * If you are responsible for developing "high potential" employees, this book should give you much to think about. It is up-to-date; it covers a lot of ground and it is very well researched and referenced. I would recommend it. -- Tony Barradell * Industrial and Commercial Training journal *

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