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Unleashing the Genius in Your Workforce

Scrap that employee bell curve. Stephanie Chick advises managers to set expectations higher and tap the creativitynot just the talentin their workers

Stephanie Chick is a colleague and friend whose personal mission is to help corporate employees unleash their personal genius inside the workplace and beyond. While she has specialized in the area of African-American women (BusinessWeek.com, 3/14/07), her thoughts apply to a wide range of corporate employees. Recently we had an insightful discussion on why unleashing employee potential is critically important in today's challenging business environment. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow:

Why do you feel it's critical that companies focus on unleashing employee potential right now?