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High Potential: How to Spot, Manage and Develop Talented People at Work Hardcover – 22 Feb 2018
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High Potential offers deep, practical insights to answer a critical business question how to accurately predict how far and how fast someone can advance at work. MacRae, Furnham and Reed provide a well-researched and easy-to-digest book that's 'must reading' for anyone interested in human performance. - Marc Effron, President, The Talent Strategy Group
Praise for the previous edition: Spotting, managing and retaining high performers is crucial for the success of any organisation - and Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham provide a characteristically engaging and accessible account of what we know about this area, and crucially, how to make good use of this knowledge. - --Professor Paul Webley, Director, SOAS, University of London
Praise for the previous edition: High Potential is not only an all-encompassing review of the science of potential but also encourages you to develop strategies on how to attract, select, develop, grow, and retain truly talented individuals in your organisation; those who in the end will make the difference. - --Paul K Winter, Director, Worldly Leadership Foundation
Praise for the previous edition:A comprehensive guide for identifying untapped potential and managing and developing talent, it offers a pragmatic view in recognising that there is no 'one-size-fits-all' formula for success in managing high potentials and is written with clarity and practicality. - Joanna Van De Vyvere, Director of People, Performance and Culture, Europe, Middle East and Africa, KPMG
Praise for the previous edition: If you are responsible for developing 'high potential' employees, this book should give you much to think about. It is up-to-date; it covers a lot of ground and it is very well researched and referenced. I would recommend it. - --Tony Barradell, Industrial and Commercial Training Journal
About the Author
Ian MacRae is completing his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Maastricht University. He is an advisor at Thomas International, owner of Paragon Research Ltd (offering customized research services to clients across the UK and Canada), and Director of High Potential Psychology Ltd.
Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at UCL. He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books, and is among the most well-known and productive psychologists in the world, noted for his motivational speaking. Adrian is a newspaper columnist, previously at the Financial Times and now at the Sunday Times. He wrote regularly for the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to national and international radio and television stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV.
Martin Reed is CEO of Thomas International UK. In addition to building a more efficient sales force and growth revenue, he was pivotal in raising Thomas' position within the academic community, which led to the Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) being registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Martin is also a fellow of the Institute of Directors and launched Thomas Sport with the focus of supporting every athlete, coach and sporting organisation in maximising their performance.
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For me this was for personal understanding rather than managerial, but I would very much like to pass this on to every manger I have ever come across, as they could definitely learn a thing or two.
Case studies from not just successful leaders but also industry professionals.
Some harsh realities addressed with scientific study and many common myths busted.
Written so anyone, in any position, time or place could pick it up and learn something about themselves or what they do.
I can't help but feel the job market, or any institution, would be fundamentally changed for the better if everyone was aware of the issues addressed in this book.
High Potential stands head and shoulders above the usual suspects in this area. A thoughtful, well presented and accessible book on the psychology of High Potential. The double act of Adrian Furnham and Ian Macrae is a powerful dyad which bring together a compendium of ideas and insights on talent spotting and development. I found the material on the dark side especially valuable in understanding our flaws as leaders and each chapter is cleverly illustrated with examples that underpin the ideas.
It's rare to find a book on psychology that is both deep and jargon free. High Potential hits the spot. Don't grow a beard, get yourself a copy of this book.
I recommend this book for absolutely anyone interested in the dynamic between people and the work environment. It is especially helpful to anyone who might like to know more about improving their own potential at work or anyone who is responsible for recruiting and managing new talent.
I have recommended this book to all the managers I know!