HIPO—not to be confused with a Hippo, or being Hip.. it means high potential. It’s the term consultants and practitioners give to those who hold high potential in their future work because they’re super smart and/or hard-working and/or in some illegal incidents, good-looking.. (Yeah I went there).
The question of what makes a high potential (HIPO) a high potential may differ for each organization that seeks to answer such question. In fact, over 43% of organizations surveyed in a conference board report in 2009 believe that “assessing and identifying top talent” is one of the top two challenges they face.
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