High Potential

Does High Potential Success Lead to Organizational Failure?

Does High Potential Success Lead to Organizational Failure?

About 35 years ago Steven Kerr published an article entitled, “On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B.” Kerr rightly pointed out that organizational reward systems are often misaligned with desired outcomes.

For example, organizations say they want collaboration yet reward individual performance. It may be that many organizational succession planning processes are similarly misaligned. Before describing this problem it is important to understand the difference between successful and effective leaders.