High potential executives (high pots) can be found in every corporation. Their presence, although generally overt is valued. So much so, they are feted with personal development opportunities that may ultimately include a sponsored stint at an international business school. While this is good for the individual, its overall value to the corporation is questionable. That is because individual learning is different to organisational learning, and it is the organisation that is required to wait. By making high pots strategy whisperers, i.e., awarding them a greater involvement in corporate strategy, the outcome will likely light the fuse of an organisational learning capability that will start immediately and last for all time.
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