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Biases and Talent Decisions

by Erik Pesner

We are all prone to biases that can skew our thinking and reduce the quality of our decision making. These biases are often present when making key talent placement decisions, such as when selecting high potential or top talent for a differentiated leadership development track.


We’ve found that by simply familiarizing yourself with these biases and their countermeasures you can mitigate the negative impact they have on your decision-making. The table below includes the most common biases to watch out for and corresponding self-reflection questions to ask yourself during the top talent selection process:

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