The new edition of 'High Potential' is out now - What’s new in understanding high potential at work?

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The second edition of 'High Potential: How to Spot, Manage and Develop Talented People at Work' by Ian MacRae, Adrian Furnham and Martin Reed is out now!

In a previous article, we discussed the six key personality traits that help us understand how people act and react at work.

The first edition of High Potential: How to spot, manage and develop talented people at work was published in 2014 to provide a framework for identifying, improving and keeping high potential in the workplace. Alongside co-authors Adrian Furnham and Martin Reed, I am excited to release the second edition, which has been updated to answer more of the reader’s questions, and provide a deeper and richer range of real-world examples of spotting, managing and developing high potential at work.

The book covers crucial topics such as understanding high potential personality traits, a detailed analysis of what factors make a good employee or a great leader and insight into why people choose to leave or stay at a company. High Potential is key reading for anyone looking to develop and nurture future talent in the workplace.

It outlines the skills for:

  • Clearly understanding and defining potential
  • High flying personality traits to look for 
  • Selecting positive high potential traits and weeding out traits like manipulation, superficial charm or narcissism
  • The best assessment and management methods
  • Managing high potential employees and developing their careers

So what’s new in the second edition?

More practical tools

High Potential is written to be an engaging and practical book with ideas and tools to be used in the workplace. The second edition puts even greater emphasis on turning ideas into practical and feasible action in the workplace.

Business leaders, HR departments and anyone interested in improving the workplace will find the real-world examples helpful to show how to bring best practice to life.

New examples and case studies

Case studies and profiles of businesses are used throughout the book, using examples from different industries, departments and individuals. The new edition of High Potential introduces even more company profiles and individual case studies including a psychometric profile of a notable world leader, an analysis of the personality of a good leader and examples from business.

Emerging trends explained

The world of work is rapidly changing, and workplace tools and resources are developing at a dizzying pace. Insights from Big Data, new developments in personality testing and behavioural analytics have come a long way in the four years since the first edition of High Potential.

The second edition explore emerging trends in much greater detail, and looks to the technology, techniques and opportunities that are coming down the pipeline and continue to shape and change the world of work.

Increased focus on the High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI)

Since the High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) was introduced in the first edition of High Potential, tens of thousands of people have completed it, and further development has made the HPTI an even stronger tool for identifying and working with high potential in the workplace.

The new edition of High Potential integrates the HPTI into much more of the book’s content, providing a more holistic look at high potential in the workplace and how personality testing can be used effectively in the process.

To find out more about High Potential, or to purchase a copy, please click here.

Ian MacRae

Ian MacRae

Ian has been an organisational psychology consultant for over a decade and is the director and co-founder of High Potential Psychology Ltd. He is the co-author of High Potential: How to Spot Manage and Develop Talented People at Work and the High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI), a measure of leadership potential, which is available to Thomas clients.