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The rise of the Roberts
What if you could clone your best people? It’s what every manager secretly wishes they could do; a heartfelt response to the bewildering array of complex talent ‘interventions’ and performance management initiatives that try to address what seems to be a remarkably straightforward problem. ‘Take Bob’ they say, ‘he’s my best guy. I wish I had ten more like him. If you could just clone Bob for me, I’d be happy.’
"Cloning your staff either biologically or by managerial means is never a good idea. You can understand why it’s tempting. But in trying to clone success, Genes-R-Us killed off diversity, flexibility and innovation in their workforce – the very ingredients on which success relies.
So what should they have done instead?