As a learning and development professional, I believe that many organizations are missing a significant opportunity to deepen their bench strength. I have observed a common practice among organizations where a substantial amount of their learning and development resources is allocated to the top tier of their employee population, leaving a much smaller percentage of learning and development resources for the remaining middle and lower tiers of the employee population.

In many organizations, there is a top tier of the workforce that is identified as future leaders or high-potential performers. Imagine if your organization changed its approach and focused on developing the middle and lower tiers of the workforce to be high-potential performers, as well. What would the impact be to the organization’s performance if 100% of the workforce was hitting on all cylinders?

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