Identifying, Managing, and Retaining Hi-Potential Employees

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    Speaker: Dr. B. Lynn Ware

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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 50323
    Level: Intermediate

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A high-potential employee has the ability, aspiration, and motivation to contribute both a higher quantity and quality of work for their employers and for their teams than the average worker.

However, to get the benefit of a high-potential employee, some special management of this type of employee is necessary.

For example:

  • 1 in 3 high-potential employees admit to not putting full effort into their jobs
  • 1 in 4 believes that he or she will be working for another employer in a year
  • 1 in 5 believe that their personal aspirations are different from what the organization has planned for them

Therefore, without special attention to the needs of your High Potentials, you run the risk of losing them and leaving productivity on the table. In this webinar, you will learn how to identify a high potential employee, how to go about developing them so that they can perform at their maximum contribution level and how to keep them working for your organization for as long as possible.


Organizations need to work even harder at engaging and retaining their key talent; the most important group being their high potentials because these employees produce a significantly higher level of both quality and quantity of work than others. They are also frequently the source of future leadership for the organization. 

Employees who have high potential to be leaders within the company are the cornerstone to your organization’s strategy of growth from within. Without the development of high-potential talent, your organization will not be successful in meeting its business goals.

Properly identifying high-potential employees can reduce high-potential dropout rates and the associated expenses. Proper identification can improve and target developmental plans, resulting in more satisfied high-potential employees who are more likely to stay with the organization.

Mistaking a high-performing employee for a high-potential employee can cause costly issues. A manager who understands the difference will be more effective in engaging with and retaining them and requires the right knowledge to do so. 

Join this webinar to discover how to identify them in your organization, unique methods of developing them, and techniques to use to determine if they are at risk of disengaging or even leaving your organization.


In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Who are High-Potential Employees?
  • Differentiating a High Potential from a High Performer
  • What’s Different about a High-Potential Employee?
  • Developing a High-Potential Employee
  • How to Accelerate Development
  • Types of Developmental Activities
  • Placing High Potentials in the Right Role
  • How to Spend Your Time Most Effectively with a High Potential
  • Giving Feedback to High Potentials
  • Providing Career Support to High Potentials
  • Career Planning for High Potentials:Roles & Responsibilities for Career Development
  • What Holds Managers Back?
  • Supporting Career Development Action Plans: Tips & Tactics
  • Helping High Potentials Transition into a New Role
  • Early Warning Signals of Disengagement
  • How to responding to an Early Warning Signal


  • Understand how to identify high-potentials
  • Be able to give feedback to high-potentials
  • Identify what can help development and growth in high-potentials and what could impede it
  • Identify early warning signs and how to respond to them
  • Learn of the career development opportunities and options preferred by high potentials


  • Any medium or larger size organization
  • CTO, VP Sales, VP Engineering
  • Learning Development Employees
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Chief Talent Officers, SVP or VP, HR, HR Business partners, Line managers, and HR leaders


Years of Experience: 27+ years

Areas of Expertise: Talent Management

Dr. Ware is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and the founder and CEO of Integral Talent Systems, Inc. (ITS)

ITS is a global technology enabled talent management consulting firm specializing in bringing the science of talent management to the bottom line.

ITS is a pioneer in the field of attracting and retaining top talent, as the company was the first consulting firm dedicated to this workplace issue that began emerging in the U.S. during 1996 and has since become a global concern.

Dr. Ware is frequently engaged with corporate clients to provide guidance on how to create “employer of choice” environments, so that they can attract and keep the best talent in their respective industries. Typically, this work involves the teaching and coaching of corporate leaders regarding their management practices and company policies.

ITS provides this guidance by continually conducting independent research in talent management, staying abreast of current corporate and workplace trends and best practices, and creating innovative products and services regarding this topic.

Dr. Ware has practiced for over 25 years in the talent management field, with a strong focus on how to increase employee productivity for the benefit of achieving business goals. She has acted as a consultant in this capacity for 160 of the Fortune 1000 corporations.

Dr. Ware is frequently quoted on trends in talent management strategies in numerous publications such as the Associated Press, Computer World magazine, Network World and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has been featured several times on CNN as a national talent management expert.

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