(14 November 2018 – New York) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Identifying and Engaging High-Potential Employees, the newest report in the Making Leaders series. The brief, readable report shares insights from experts in talent management on how to spot high-potential employees, what to do with them, and how to know you are doing it right.

Companies need a few influential, high-performing employees who lead others to success. In the talent business, they are known as “high potentials,” and companies in space and satellite can’t get enough of them, in small and midsize companies as well as large ones. The report offers specific guidance for the small to midsize company on using limited resources to get the biggest impact.

They are not alone. In a 2011 study, McKinsey & Company compared the growth of 700 companies with independent performance appraisals of more than 100,000 executives. They found that leadership quality is critical to growth – but that most companies don’t have enough high-quality executives.

Every manager has the chance to identify, engage and help retain high-potential employees, and doing it should be part of every manager’s job. In this report, SSPI offers advice not just for large corporations but for the small-to-midsize companies that are the backbone of the industry.

“High-potential employees are the core of the leadership succession plan,” said executive director and report author Robert Bell. “They are also the people in your organization who make you think differently and can move the business forward if they are identified and properly developed. As one of our eight contributors put it, ‘The technology industries are going to have a lot more turnover because tech workers are valuable and know it, and they see the explosive changes taking place all around them.’”

Identifying and Engaging High-Potential Employees is available for free to SSPI members and for purchase by others. The Making Leaders series of reports, video interviews and podcasts focus on guiding the industry through a period of major change in how it identifies, attracts and manages talent to drive innovation.


About SSPI
Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. With more than 3,700 members in 40 nations, it is the largest space and satellite industry association in the world. It delivers on its mission through programs that promote space and satellite as the invisible but indispensable infrastructure of the modern world, and that help turn individual promise into careers filled with purpose through research, career education for young people, management education for working professionals and talent recognition that spans the industry.


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