How to respond to ‘Targets are unfair- we have a meritocracy’

 

Are targets or quotas for hiring or promotions fair? Initially, it may not seem that they are, and indeed in my work I often hear people talk against them all the time, by the saying instead that they’re for a meritocracy.

But actually I believe true meritocracy is a myth, and you’ll see why as we go along…

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…