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Does Your Organization Eat its Young?

Friday, August 7th, 2009

There is an expression used in corporate governance called “eating their young.” It defines the practice of hiring high-functioning candidates from the best schools into entry-level positions, working them hard for several years and then firing them when they become ready to move into managerial roles, offering promotions to weaker candidates instead.

Managers do this to have access to a strong pool of talented people to do their work, while reducing competition for their own jobs by promoting less capable employees.

This practice weakens your organization by reducing the quality of leadership and overall performance as the talented persons at the bottom are either let go or leave due to the frustration of being passed over for promotion. Employing consultants to fill the talent gap only exacerbates the problem.

Is this happening in your organization?

These practices are easily corrected.

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