Who would question that talent development is absolutely essential for creating value in any enterprise? Nonetheless, it’s an all too often neglected area of management. It’s often accorded a low priority in practice.
Beverly Kaye & Julie Winkle Giulioni have stormed the breach with their fine book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want.
A Title, A Mantra
Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go.
What an evocative title! If more of us would incorporate that as a mantra, how much more effective everyone could be in any organization!
If your sole take-away from this book is adopting this mantra in your work–and your life, for that matter–it’s well worth the time.
Whether you’re a manager in search of thoughts on questions to trigger employee conversations, or an employee seeking more management feedback and involvement, you will find much of value here.
The book is organized in an easy-to-navigate way, following the arc of an employee’s relationship with her employer. It’s easy for anyone to go straight to the part they need to meet a specific need in their own organization or career.
There is no better manual to make real the Serve to Lead question offered for managers’ reflection and direction in all interactions with employees: How Can You Best Serve?
Ultimately, serving your employees at a deep level is among the most practical ways you can create value for your customers and other stakeholders. One might even call it: the sovereign relationship. It must be tended to above all others. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go will help you bring the love–yes, love–that is required if your collaboration is to achieve sustainable, lasting excellence.
Beverly Kaye & Julie Winkle Giulioni | Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go