The Problem With Potential


I decided years ago not to hire on potential. It was one of the better business decisions I have made.


Everyone in our team has potential. Lots of it. But that’s not the reason they work here. They have a place in this team because they were able to harness their potential and produce, create, develop and ultimately perform the the task needed by the organization.

I meet people on a regular basis that amaze me on how much raw talent and potential they have to succeed in their professional careers. However, some of them never do. They don’t have


self confidence,

inner motivation,



that allow them to harness the raw talent into something useful. After all it’s not fair to the rest of the team to deal with a member who has the ability but for whatever reason might perform to their potential.

Do you think I’m being unreasonable?


  • unReasonabLe, NOWay!!!  PREACHon!  
    … I think you have more to say on this!  … and we want to hear it!  (smiLe)   
    Your list didn’t include; F-E-A-R; Too many out there are also bound by fear, and are unable to even see their own potential!  Fear is the Opposite of Faith!!

  • You may have heard the quote attributed to Henry Ford, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”  I think that’s true. However, I think it is sometimes wise to hire unproven (especially younger) talents who might have the qualities you mentioned. 

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