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Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

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 the thing that gets side-lined. When asked, the number one reason managers give is that they just don’t have time. 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. Kaye and Giulioni identify three broad types of conversation have the power to motivate employees more deeply than any well-intentioned development event or process. These conversations will increase employee’s 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. Illuminated with stories, quotes, and the perspectives of real managers and employees, this book proves that careers are best developed one conversation at a time.

Amazon Best Seller

Washington Post Best Seller

Top CLO Book

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go companion cards

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go Companion Cards

The Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go cards will help you build the career development habit. Make career development conversations fun and interactive with this deck of cards featuring the most insightful questions leaders worldwide have been asked—or wish they had been asked. Use them to assess your career development style, engage others, incorporate new, richer conversations into your day-to-day interactions with employees, plan a career conversation with your own manager, and more!

Praise for Help Them Grow

Jack Zenger

"Every manager will find this short book to be long on practical ways to make career development happen."

Jack ZengerCEO, Folkman and coauthor of the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach

Lisa Gates

"Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is a tremendously timely new book that just might launch a “coaching culture” revolution in organizations desperate to attract and retain talent, and remain competitive."

Lisa GatesForbes Contributor

Marshall Goldsmith

"Should be the career conversation Bible for busy leaders!"

Marshall GoldsmithAuthor of the New York Times Bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

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