“We promote from within.” For most companies, that’s a mantra. But, what I’ve found it means is that the firm hires good people and then crosses its metaphorical fingers that the employee will gain the skills, the wherewithal and the desire for a bigger role. Promoting from within is not an intention, it’s merely a hope.
What changes when you hire young employees with a clear sense of the role they will have in the organization ten years from now? How will you train them now? How will you encourage them, challenge them, resource them? Sure, the ten year path may twist and turn but, what’s different for everyone when the intention is on the table from Day One? What’s the payoff for you?