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Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers Paperback – December 18, 2007
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Believe me when I say you can take four full semesters of 'management' in business school, or you can simply read, keep, and refer to Growing Great Employees. This book transcends all the theory, fads du jour, and management babble on the current scene and offers simple, straightforward, and, most important, effective steps for creating a community of work in which people are so fulfilled and so productive that they achieve superior results. -- James A. Autry, author of The Servant Leader
For the past twenty-five years, Erika Andersen has been working with companies to make sure that employees achieve their true potential. In Growing Great Employees, Erika is sharing that practical, smart, soup-to-nuts insight on how to be the best kind of manager with a broader public. -- Geraldine Laybourne, president and CEO, Oxygen Networks
Growing Great Employees is like having an expert at your side; one whose clear-headed lessons provide a nutrient-rich roadmap for perennially winning at business. -- Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group and author of Setting The Table
Growing Great Employees creates the sense that youve got somebody with you every step of the way, somebody who knows what youre up against and can help you be the kind of manager and leader you want to be. -- Doug Herzog, president, Entertainment Group MTVN
In Growing Great Employees, [Erikas] offered a comprehensive guide to being a fun, smart and effective managerthe kind of manager that any company would love to have. -- Leo Kiely, president and CEO, Molson Coors Brewing Company
The consummate how to manual for choosing and nurturing great employees. Erika's techniques are practical and highly effective and this is a powerful tool for creating a stable and innovative work environment. Read it and watch your staff blossom! -- Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, president and CEO, Women in Cable Telecommunications --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of the things I like about the metaphor is that a gardener has to do a lot of work to prepare the ground to receive the seeds. If you have ever painted a room, you know that most of the work is in preparing to paint. In the same way, a successful manager has to do a lot of things to set up success in his or her organization before the actual managing of people begins.
Erika Anderson offers five sound principles for the manager as gardener:
1) There is no such thing as a successful one-minute gardener
2) Prepare the soil by listening (I would add that this isn't letting others talk, but actually requires hearing and understanding not only what is being said, but why it is being said.)
3) Maintain the right mindset (that is, just as a gardener doesn't give up or blame the plants if the garden is not coming in the way she wants, the successful manager believes in her ability to coach and develop an employee's potential and help him to develop into what is desired.)
4) Don't be afraid to prune. (This is done to plants to focus growth of a certain kind and direction - employees need this, too. However, just as you can't cut a plant too harshly, you cannot "prune" employees in a way that causes estrangement and anger and actually hinders development.Read more ›
1. How to really listen (sounds simple, but we're not usually doing it well). (chapter 1)
2. How to avoid with personality clashes when personalities/style differ, both between employees and between employees and clients. (chapter 6)
3. How to delegate and free up time (that's HOW to do it, not just that we're supposed to do this; already know that, of course). And -- this is what I began seeing just the other day -- how this gets employees to step up. (chapter 8)
Amazon's business book editor recommend the book, too (Titles for a Terrific 2007). Anyway, the book is good if you get to/have to manage people. I even ended up googling the author and found this podcast -- [...]
Erika Andersen makes brilliant use of a number of horticultural metaphors when explaining "how to turn ordinary people into extraordinary performers": gardeners (i.e. effective managers), fertile soil, (i.e. a pleasant and supportive workplace), nutrients (i.e. constructive criticism, encouragement, recognition), and seeds (i.e. high potential workers with sound character and strong self-motivation). All are essential...and interdependent. Andersen's organization of the material is also appropriate. First, she explains how to prepare the "soil," formulate a plan, and select the "plants" (Chapters 1-3); then how to plant "not too deep and not too shallow," how to develop a "gardener's mindset," and what a "mixed bouquet" consists of and why it is important (Chapters 4-7); then she provides directions for "staking and weeding," letting [extraordinary performance] spread, and how to convert "plants" into "gardeners" (Chapters 7-9); finally, Andersen explains how to measure progress ("How does your garden grow?"), discusses why some "plants don't make it," and in the final chapter provides what she characterizes as "The Master Calendar" (Chapters 10-12). Just as almost anyone can learn how to grow grass, plants, fruits, and vegetables, almost anyone can help "grow" the people for whom they are primarily responsible as well as those with whom they are directly associated. As Barbara Kellerman explains in Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders, it is also possible to help "grow" immediate supervisors and even CEOs or their equivalent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes the analogy of growing great employees is like growing a garden. They need care and attention else they wither and die.Published 5 days ago by Donna M. Kling
Using a gardening metaphor, Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers outlines human resource management essentials with easy-to-follow advice... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Abhi...
There is some OK advice in this book, but nothing groundbreaking or even very helpful for anything other than a first time people manager. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ism
I am a manager of a sales team and have read scores of books on leadership, management, and communication over the past year. This book was among the very best. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jared
I wish I read this 12 years ago, once I was about to be promoted to manager position. This book cover all things a manager need to know and deal with.Published 24 months ago by Hung V Nguyen
This book is great and is a book that all managers should read. The "growing" process is a wonderful idea and we are using it in our organization with wonderful results. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Maybe i should have read the sample first, expected this would have deeper or more complicated methods for me to try. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by GP The Engineer
Ok, I bought this book based on it's great rating but I'm not sure it was all that valuable. There is some sound advice sprinkled throughout the book but nothing that anyone who... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Robert Kirk
Again I have not been able to read the entire text therefore I cannot review this book. From what I have read the title says it all.Published on November 30, 2012 by Mike