Firstly, I am not facing such a problem now. The situation came into my mind and I was thinking about what would be the best solution(s), if it happens one day that I have to make such decision.
I scrolled over my long list of MSN buddies, but I couldn't find the right people being in the right companies (true that, there's no perfect company and each company has its own culture) to answer my question. If there's any books that you can recommend, do let me know too.
Here comes the question. Say, if you are a team leader who is running a small team and there is an opportunity which can only be given to only one team member. An opportunity could be, a chance to move to another project, or to lead a new sub-project in a team.
Very common problem right? But I would like to know how differently people will handle this. Generally, the leader will short-list the potential ones from the team and make internal discussions with the superior and/or the candidates; or, instead of short-listing the guys, you make this information completely transparent to the team and let those who are interested to come back to you.
I gave two suggestions above, but each comes with its own set problems. The first one could possibly kill the opportunities of others, the second one could generate more competition in the team, so..
What will YOU do and suggest? And, what organization you are in? An open one? You may want to tell me how often do you share information with the team.