Generic, broad-based management development programs just don't work anymore, notes Paul Eccher, author, co-founder, and principal of The Vaya Group.
According to respondents, four of the most effective development methods include:
- Peer-to-peer mentoring—Learning that comes from having a "network of mentors" trumps a singular mentor-protégé relationship.
- 360-degree evaluations—Customized, multirater instruments provide valuable feedback about leadership behaviors and allow high potentials to establish goals for self-improvement.
- Company networking events—External networking opportunities allow high potentials to connect with peers and senior leaders beyond the "day job."
- Prestigious learning and development programs—Well-designed development programs encourage high potentials to learn skills, work on business projects, and interact with new colleagues.
"The mentality has changed from 'more people build the pyramid faster' to finding and retaining 'giants' to accomplish more with less manpower," says Dave Ross, co-founder and principal of The Vaya Group. "As the economy recovers, high potentials are the most likely to jump to another position or be lured away by a competitor. Companies will have to understand what motivates employees, besides money."