Redeploy

What a word.

For fans of the movie, "Gettysburg," you know the critical nature of how the word was used. One general wanted his army to redeploy to better ground. His superior felt that the move would be perceived as a retreat. 

For those who have read Topgrading, it is clear that successful leaders have developed compassionate ways to redeploy underperforming talent. 

Here is the key: Redeployment does not automatically mean that someone has to leave an organization. An underperformer can become successful in another role in an existing organization.

When we interview candidates and review their leadership history, we want to know if they have topgraded their direct report, how many underperformers were identified and what actions were taken.

For the most part, underperformers are the last ones to know they are underperforming.

Read a quick overview of Topgradingalso featured in Dennis Kain's blog.