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The story of this report is that there is still disagreement about what constitutes “potential” and how it should be measured. Models that are touted by consulting firms as “scientifically proven” to predict upward potential fundamentally conflict with other models that promise the exact same outcome.
This disagreement is not surprising since the significant scientific (academic) research says that only intelligence (IQ) and certain personality factors are proven predictors of success (potential) in any given environment.
It’s possible that the existing potential models simply relabel those two factors with different terms. It’s possible that a consulting firm(s) has discovered a new factor which previous research somehow failed to uncover. It’s possible that the consulting firms’ research didn’t include the rigorous experimental design standards that help to separate a hoped-for hypothesis from an actual scientific finding.
We present the facts without embellishment or interpretation so that you can decide on your own. We hope you enjoy this report – another free benefit of the New Talent Management Network. It’s the only network for corporate talent management leaders that’s “By us, For us.”