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The High-Potential Leader

Book Description

Companies need High Potential leaders (Hi-Po’s) more than ever before to help them adapt to todays tumultuous, digitally-driven business environment. If you meet the Hi-Po criteria, you're in high demand--and this book explains how to fast-track yourself.

Criteria for Hi-Pos are changing markedly. In the past, fast-track leaders were tapped mainly because of their cognitive abilities, analytical skills, imagination, thoroughness in finding solutions and even perfectionist tendencies. In the new climate, other attributes will count more heavily: relationship skills, experience, judgment, abilities to engage, motivate, and draw out the best performance in others, strategic skills and even personal habits and behavior style. Above all, companies see Hi-Pos as people who have the capacity to grow quickly and step into new leadership roles competently. This book is a step by step guide to becoming a high potential leader.

Table of Contents

  1.  
    1. 1 High-Potential Leaders Are Crucial to Helping Businesses Adapt and Thrive in the Digital Age
      1. The Urgent Need for High-Potential Leaders
      2. What “High Potential” Means Now
      3. An Important Distinction
      4. Getting Hipos There Faster
      5. How Hipos Can Use This Book
      6. How Leadership Developers Should Use This Book
      7. A Final Word
      8. Tips for Hipos—How to Use This Book
      9. Tips for HR and Leadership Developers—How to Use This Book
  2. PART I FIVE ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR HIGH-POTENTIAL LEADERS
    1. 2 Increase the Return on Your Time (ROYT)
      1. Get Comfortable with People Better Than You
      2. Set and Reset Your Priorities
      3. Customize Your Information Flow
      4. Delegate and Follow Through
      5. Trust But Verify
      6. Decide How to Leverage Yourself
      7. Create Repeatable Processes
      8. Be Decisive
      9. Additional Resources
      10. Notes
    2. 3 Multiply the Energy and Skills of Those Around You
      1. Identify a Person’s God-Given Talent
      2. Build Other People’s Strengths
      3. Make Necessary Changes Quickly
      4. Manage the Intersections
      5. Lead the Dialogue
      6. Be a Social Architect
      7. How Tony Palmer Became a Talent Magnet
      8. Additional Resources
    3. 4 Be a Master of Big Ideas and Execution
      1. Make Your Big Ideas Better
      2. How to Assess Your Good Ideas
      3. Executing Big Ideas
      4. Execution Basics
      5. Ask Incisive Questions
      6. A Hipo’s Vision and Execution at Fingerhut
      7. Additional Resources
    4. 5 Get to Know Customers, Competitors, and the Macro Environment
      1. Observe the End-to-End Consumer Experience
      2. Know the Competition
      3. Dissect Ecosystems
      4. See Your Business from the Outside In
      5. Keep Up with Technology
      6. Additional Resources
      7. Notes
    5. 6 Build Your Mental Capacity
      1. Widen Your Lens
      2. Keep Learning
      3. Build Diverse Networks
      4. Seek Information from Everywhere
      5. Stay Mentally Flexible
      6. Additional Resources
  3. PART II TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR GROWTH AND CHOOSING YOUR NEXT BIG CAREER MOVE
    1. 7 How, When, and Why to Make a Leap
      1. The Virtue of Leaps
      2. Making Leaps Without Leaving Your Company
      3. Build Your Own Support System
      4. Bonnie Hill’s Multiple Leaps
      5. Leaps Outside the Company
      6. Weighing a Job Change
      7. Your Exit Plan
      8. Your Entrance Plan
      9. Additional Resources
      10. Notes
    2. 8 Track Your Mental Health and Work/Life Balance
      1. Business Achievement
      2. Life Satisfaction
      3. Find a Meaningful Focus
      4. Protect Your Mental Health
      5. How Aaron Greenblatt Found His Focus
      6. Additional Resources
      7. Notes
  4. PART III THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HIGH POTENTIALS— EVERY ORGANIZATION’S PRECIOUS RESOURCE
    1. 9 Identifying, Recruiting, and Retaining Hipos
      1. Redefine and Find High-Potential Leaders
      2. Create Opportunities for Growth
      3. Clear the Path for Hipos
      4. Improve Feedback Loops
      5. Refresh the Leadership Pool
      6. How to Use This Book to Develop Your Organization’s Hipos
      7. Key Points for Talent Management Leaders
      8. Additional Resources
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Index
  7. EULA