If you’re responsible for the care and performance of a group, then Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni should be on your must-read list.
Surveys and other research tell us that people don’t just want to draw a paycheck. They want to make progress in their work. They’re more likely to choose and stay at companies where they’re encouraged to grow and where they get help. So, who will help them grow?
If you’re responsible for a team, then you’re the one responsible for helping your team members grow. It’s that simple. Once you could leave all that up to HR. Now you can’t.
I’ve studied great managers for over 50 years now. Here’s one thing I know. Great managers have always understood that part of their job is to help their people grow. It’s growth that happens every day. It’s growth and development that happen in the workflow.
Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is a handbook to help you do that. The first edition of this book was great. The second edition is better. There’s even more solid practical advice and suggestions. And there’s also more attention to the growth of people who are not fulltime employees.
If you’re the person responsible for the care and performance of a group, you’re also the person responsible to help your teammates grow and develop. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is a book you’ll use every day to fulfil that obligation.
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