Complexity Translating

How to Turn Data into Compelling Insights

One common misconception about high potentials is that superior intelligence wins the day. On this score, we have particularly good news for you. Being the smartest person in the room is not an advantage. We have actually seen it become a roadblock for high-potential candidates, who can be perceived as arrogant, overly imposing, or just plain impractical.

There are, however, particular smarts you do need to develop—our fourth X factor, complexity translating or the ability to synthesize seemingly disparate data and information into strategic and relevant insights, and to communicate those insights in a way that advances the organization. Your high-potential status doesn’t rely ...

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