When George Halvorson was chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, he instituted a “rule of two” to encourage diversity and help avoid the “just like me” bias that’s prevalent in many promotion decisions. For appointments at the VP level and above, Halvorson encouraged leaders to bring three candidates, and no more than two of them could have a similar demographic profile—for example, sex or race.
Source: “Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team”
Original Publication: The McKinsey Quarterly
Subject: Human Resources
Company: Kaiser Permanente