6 Tips for Identifying Potential High-Performance Employees

All organizations want to identify, develop, and deploy their high-performance employees. And no wonder: The top 5% of a company’s employees account for a full quarter (26%, according to ERE Media) of its productivity.

Still, more is needed than just good intentions and “managerial instinct”—whatever that is. The best-performing companies have well-developed systems in place to identify high-potential employees and turn them into production powerhouses. In fact, all of the Fortune 100 do this on a regular basis.

Identifying those high potentials can be the trickiest part of the process. Indeed, our instincts tend to lead us astray here: Decision-makers are drawn to employees that are likable, eager, or most like them. But just because an employee is outgoing and likable does not mean he or she will fall into that magical 5%, and being similar to management might not be a good thing either—sometimes, having a different background and perspective is more valuable.

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