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The Myth of the Underdog: Unleashing Hidden Potential
Presented by: Tacy Byham, Ph.D. and Paul Bernthal, Ph.D.

We all love stories about an underdog. It’s inspiring to hear about people who didn’t fit the traditional profile for success, yet found their way to the top. When it comes to talent management, however, there’s a dark side to these stories. The theme of every underdog tale is that, if the person has the talent and the work ethic, they can overcome any barrier. And as long as the best people can still rise to the top—even if it takes an extra push—the meritocracy is working.

While underdogs make for feel-good stories, they should be a red flag to talent professionals. Why didn’t the organization spot the underdog’s potential in the first place? Why were there so many barriers to success? What other highly talented people are bumping up against the same barriers, but struggling to overcome them? For talent professionals, an underdog story isn’t about success; it’s a signal to change how you think about potential.

In this interactive webinar, we will:
  • Explore the business implications of missing hidden talent.
  • Myth-bust your diversity assumptions—gender, generation, and functional background—that cause a failure to unleash the underdogs.
  • Self-audit your business readiness to unleash hidden potential and learn the proven practices to ignite change based on a global database of 20 years and 50,000 leaders.