You recognize them as your biggest assets. You clearly see a need to get them ready faster, since there is a perennial shortage of people who can take on leadership. But how do you keep this bunch of high achievers, who are characterized by a strong career drive, aspirations, high level of confidence and agility – continuously engaged and motivated?
Treating a HiPo program as any other training and development initiative is often a gross mistake many companies inadvertently make.
Whether you believe in “buying the leadership talent” or “growing leaders from within”, increasingly organizations are learning that there is a need for a “nurturing” approach when it comes to running a HiPo program. Also there is a need for a larger linkage to company vision and strategy. Clearly, this calls for a comprehensive approach in engaging these High Potentials. While there are no silver bullets, a few key steps that help in this journey, in our experience – has been:
• Sessions on Core company philosophies – “The Why”
• The organizations Vision & Values
• Internal mentorship programs
• Exposure to new challenges and company-wide challenges
• Senior Leadership Involvement and Buy-In
A critical, unsaid factor that determines the success of a HiPo program is the trust that the HiPos place in the program itself. Done right, it can have transformational impact. Such programs are hence not crash courses, but engagements drawn over a few months at the very least.
At FocusU, we have been privileged to be a part of many such journeys with the brightest people in many organizations. Considering the wide charter of such an engagement however, we play perhaps just the role of a catalyst in such engagements – working hand in hand with HR Business Partners who essentially hold the baton.
However, bringing in our experience and insights from a wide spectrum of team engagements and subjects like Leadership, Innovation, Team Building, Motivation and CSR, we have been able to add true value as a learning partner to organizations embarking on this journey. Like in most journeys, the key insight we have brought in is that it is not just about engaging the minds of people. It is also about touching their hearts. Here is what one of our customers had to say after one such engagement:
"I take this opportunity to appreciate you all, for the focussed approach, detailing carried out and excellence in delivery which has helped us build, the initiative of managing our high performing employees, to a new level. It is a difficult task to design an intervention for levels from an officer to an Associate General Manager, that too from varied backgrounds and locations. Your team's commitment, dedication and effective partnering with us in terms of understanding the organisational values & the desired outcome - have set unparalleled benchmarks as every batch passed by. Thank you so much for your efforts.It's really commendable to see how you all organize your efforts and inspired our team members to orient, channelize, present and pioneer. You were all truly amazing and demonstrated extra ordinary skills in all your activities, presentations and involvement. The way you gave tips with fun directly went to the participating employees mind and heart. In fact the last gathering of From Spark to Sparkling Reality - Coming Together and Making a Difference was a soul stirring experience for the participants. You truly uplifted the spirit of participants, and they were very energetic, enthusiastic and positively charged with a new perspective while leaving the venue.I am confident that these positive seeds will germinate and be nurtured to grow in coming times. Do keep up with your outstanding contribution and performance. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours."
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