Ah, the coveted role of Chief People Officer (CPO), the pinnacle of success for a career human resources professional! For most HR leaders, the traditional path to the top has been fairly linear: evolving as a specialist, generalist, or business partner before moving into the desired #1 slot. But that path is becoming less common, as some of the largest companies have hired outsiders for that top CPO role, leap-frogging over even the most expert of HR leaders.
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