The selection spiral

Faulty hiring and promotion processes create a significant risk that a company may spiral downward into mis-management and failure.

One major process problem occurs when hiring managers select people who are less capable than themselves because they have a need to feel superior to their subordinates.   If the hiring manager interviews someone who seems more skilled or has better credentials than them, the manager may feel threatened by that prospective employee and reject them.

The spiral of managers hiring individuals less skilled or capable than themselves can lead to a downward spiral in the overall talent level in an organization.   Managers will filter out applicants who demonstrate  ability in management and leadership, and avoid development of their subordinates, leading to a leadership vacuum.   The  result is an organization that lacks operational competence and a coherent long term business strategy, that is likely to be overtaken by competitors.

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