Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want
Study after study confirms that career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving retention, engagement, productivity, and results. Nevertheless, it's frequently back-burnered. When asked why, managers say the number one reason is that they just don't have time--for the meetings, the forms, the administrative hoops. But there's a better way. And it's surprisingly simple: frequent short conversations with employees about their career goals and options integrated seamlessly into the normal course of business. Beverly Kaye, coauthor of the bestselling Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, and Julie Winkle Giulioni identify three broad types of conversations that will increase employees' awareness of their strengths, weaknesses, and interests; point out where their organization and their industry are headed; and help them pull all of that together to design their own up-to-the-minute, personalized career plans. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is filled with practical tips, guidelines, and templates, as well as nearly a hundred suggested conversation questions.
"This pragmatic book is chock-full of easy-to-follow steps on how to have critical career conversations--conversations that are uncomfortable for many managers and too often are avoided. I love that Kaye and Giulioni demystify the process and motivate us 'to talk individual development' with our employees. Our employees will love it too!" --Patricia Crull, Group Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, Time Warner Cable "Filled with great examples, questions, and real-world approaches that fit into the workflow, this book brings much-needed simplicity and personal touch back to career development." --David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International "Every manager will find this short book to be long on practical ways to make career development happen." --Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger Folkman, and coauthor of the bestselling "The Extraordinary Leader" and "The Extraordinary Coach" "Like eating your fruits and veggies, developing your employees should be done every day. Beverly Kaye and Julie Giulioni not only show how easy it can be but make the case that regular, short conversations can better develop people." --Charlene Li, founder, Altimeter Group, author of "Open Leadership," and coauthor of "Groundswell" "Life and business is all about where you pay attention. Pay attention to the growth of your people...and they will grow your business. The authors do a great job in spelling out the how-tos!" --Chip Conley, founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels, and author of "Emotional Equations" "Developing talent is essential for business success. This book provides a practical and easy-to-implement approach that can have a big impact on an organization." --Tamar Elkeles, Chief Learning Officer, Qualcomm "One of the most important responsibilities of a leader is to grow future leaders. The authors do a great job making development something that can happen during one's everyda
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