The Impossible Question
I had the opportunity to work with many companies in my 15 + years of management consultancy experience in IT, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 industry giants.
Despite being unique in every other way, they all had this profile in each one of them, without fail: Let’s call him Jon. Jon is a brilliant manager/executive/senior engineer with all the right abilities. Excellent knowledge, kind and enthusiastic soul, sharing yet authoritative. If he were to be followed by an automated HR Grading Bot it would tell Jon “You know everything”
Yet he’d been stuck where he was for years. When someone was to be promoted, he was invisible to his managers. He only received his periodic raise of 3-5 percent.