In a recent Economist article on “Ranked and Yanked” (16 November), we read about Professor Robert Kaplan from Harvard Business School who had an alternative take on the bell curve rankings adopted by companies to weed out non-performers. At the end of a series of exercises, Kaplan posits that a bulk of average performers will remain within the system, which is typically the case because not everyone will make it to be in a lead position. The pyramidal structure of all organisations will tend to be similar, in that sense whether there be a flat hierarchy or not, the distribution of talent will always take the form of fewer top and many average performers.
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