Career Velocity: Performance vs Potential

I was 8 the first time I heard a story I’d hear hundreds of time more in my life about career velocity. My aunt who worked in a bank told me ‘I like my job, but when I came in with a group of guys, each year I saw them get promoted above me – then I was asked to train the new hires, who also got promoted above me. Each time I asked for promotion myself, I was told to ‘hold tight, you’re not ready yet.’ Fast forward a few decades…

What do your latest promotions say about your culture?

Do you want a quick tip to determine if your culture is truly inclusive? Check who gets promoted each round. If you are getting a sizeable number of people from any one background – that suggests there’s an issue in the company – not so much amongst the candidates themselves…

How to respond to: ‘I’d love to hire a woman, but I only want the best person for the job!’

When we talk with clients about recruitment or promotion, people often acknowledge the benefits of inclusion and gender balance, but add the caveat that they want the best person for the job. Sounds fair enough, who doesn’t?