I just witnessed someone in my company move from being a Group Manager to a Director to a Senior Director to a General Manager all in less than 3 years. This prompted me to think about what might the secret recipe to corporate success and here is my shot at generalizing the pattern I have observed

Career Potential Index ( CPI ) = N ( const - Natural Intelligence [0-1]) + d( learning capacity) /dt + d( at the right place at right time ) /dt - ( Integral of all Career limiting moves )

For Example, the equation for someone who is brilliant but with a habit of putting his foot in his mouth will be
CPI = 0.8 + 0.8+ 0.3 – 1.5 =>
CPI = 0.4 ( LOW becos of the integral of the career limiting moves )

 For Example, the equation for someone who is average but with great people skills will be
CPI = 0.5 + 0.6+ 0.5 – 0.5 => CPI = 1.0 ( HIGH )

Does it make sense ?