Dale M. Posthumus

Mark, I don't think we disagree. Recognize that this seven-word exercise is a beginning and an input to improving the process. It is not the end-all or only thing to be done. If we don't know for what we are looking, as evidenced by many in your examples, how will we know when we have found it? Mentoring-up is one good approach. As a manager, I seek people who are smarter than me. I relish when people who work for me go on and do better, rise higher.