Thursday, March 20, 2014

Being good at one thing doesn't mean you will be good at something else

Often I'm bemused by people who are experts in one field and then will pontificate on all kinds of subjects.  Sometimes I'll know they are wrong in what they say about matters outside their area of expertise.

High Performance Is Not the Same as High Potential is a good article which reminds us that just because someone is a higher performance doesn't mean they will be a great leader.

The article starts with:

If your company is like most, you probably identify your next leaders from a pool of your top performers. They might be salespeople or project managers or skilled developers, but in any event, they've got a reputation for delivering results.

Strong performance and the results it carries are all well and good, of course, but it does not necessarily indicate that an employee will make a good leader. And according to research from member-based executive team advisory company CEB, companies are seriously hurting themselves by failing to differentiate between performance and potential.

This is a good reminder for us as parents to recognize that our children may be strong in one area, but not all areas.

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