I came across some fascinating research this week which has huge implications for how we think about human performance. It challenges the deeply help belief that most human activities fit into a Bell Curve.
This is true of heights and weights, but when it comes to performance maybe it isn’t true at all?
The macro conclusion, I’m afraid, is that “stars” or “superstars” are more important than we think. That their contribution is greater than previously thought, and that the “middle” are delivering much less than thought.
There are many ramifications, some uncomfortable. For instance, an employer that took this to heart would fire more people (sack the average, keep hunting for “stars”) and would probably train the “middle” less, and the “stars” more.
Hmmm. What do you think?