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High Potential Programs Are More Impartial

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Contact:Jennifer Jones
jjones@amanet.org

New York 9/17/2013

NEW YORK, September 17, 2013—Companies are seeking to make the selection process for high-potential career development programs more transparent and impartial, according to a survey of more than 450 organizations by AMA Enterprise, a division of American Management Association International.

“High-potential programs used to be fairly informal when selecting those who get to participate,” said Sandi Edwards, Senior Vice President for AMA Enterprise, which provides organizations with assessment, measurement, and tailored learning solutions. “Often a judgment call was made with regard to high-value contributors, but now leadership and talent management programs are being run more systematically. Companies want an open process and clear criteria like talent assessment, job performance and demonstrated results.”

At your organization are all employees invited to apply for participation in programs for high potentials?

2013 
Yes, periodically an announcement is made. 12% 14%
No announcement is made but interested employees learn of such programs informally and may ask to participate. 16% 24%
No, participation is strictly limited according to specific program criteria. 54% 41%
Don’t know 18% 21%

At the same time, there appears to be an uptick in individuals interested in such programs, said Edwards.

Compared to five years ago, how often do employees express interest in participating in your high potential program?

Much more often   7%
Somewhat more often 20%
About as often as in the past 18%
Less often   6%
Much less often   3%
Don’t know/Does not apply 46%

Organizations certainly want their employees to value career development, said Edwards. “It’s in everyone’s interest for such programs to be perceived as fair when it comes to candidate admission.”

The survey was conducted July 15 to August 3 and respondents consisted of 453 senior-level business, human resources, management professionals and employee contacts drawn from the AMA database of contacts.

With more than 90 years’ experience and headquartered in New York, American Management Association International is a global leader of comprehensive talent development. AMA Enterprise, a specialized division of AMA dedicated to building corporate and government learning and training solutions, transforms enterprise-wide talent to fuel innovation, high performance and optimal business results.

Media Contacts:  Phil Ryan, pgryan@aol.com or 845-339-7858.