“You have a hunch, let’s call it intuitive judgment, that this team member might be effective at a higher level of work. You observe evidence of that potential in current projects, and in the pace and quality of current work output. She is helpful to other people she works with and coordinates her work handoffs so they are seamless. So, what is your question?” I asked.
“There is an open position. I think I would like to promote her,” Maryanne shrugged her shoulders.
“So, if you promote her, and it doesn’t work out, what do you have on your hands?” I pressed.
“You’ve told me before, a chocolate mess.”
“So, how will you test her in the role you are thinking about?”
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