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Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want Paperback – September 17, 2012
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—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 everyday work life.”
—Gabriella Giglio, Executive Vice President for Global Human Resources, American Express
“Should be the career conversation bible for busy leaders!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellers Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
About the Author
Julie Winkle Giulioni is cofounder and principal of DesignArounds, a bicoastal consulting and instructional design firm specializing in leadership, sales, and customer service.
Top Customer Reviews
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down, and despite my not being in a position of leadership, I closed the back cover with lots of new ideas swirling around in my head. Even though I don't have a "management" title, the ideas conveyed in "Help Them Grow" can be applied in other life situations - including mentoring (whether official or casual), in church positions (like the missions committee that I have chaired for the last two years), or even from a leading-up standpoint.
"Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go" has a complete lack of technical jargon, and uses a down-to-earth, practical tone throughout the book. Kaye and Giulioni bring the theory of leadership into the realistic realm of day-to-day work, dealing with the usual time constraints and an understanding that projects still have deadlines, but pointing out that employees still need to grow. I've read books on leadership before, but this was the first one that I felt was truly geared for the needs of the average Joe or Jane, giving ideas and starting points that can be easily incorporated in the workplace.
This book takes managers off the hook for having all the answers to peoples' career questions, but puts them solidly on the hook for having the right questions. Questions that are asked with intense curiosity. Questions that help people develop hindsight and foresight to discover insights to make smart career development plans and actions. The book is peppered with concrete examples of these questions and great advice about how to ask them to engage in rich, meaningful career conversations.
A must read for managers who want to be more successful in supporting peoples' career development and also want to enjoy the benefits of increased employee engagement and retention, And, oh, by the way, increase their own enjoyment and sense of pride in making a positive difference in peoples' careers.
Help Them Grow is the type of book that makes you think, "Hmm, why haven't I been doing that?" It's a straightforward roadmap on how to help your staff develop without you having to take control of the reins. Let your employees grab hold of those reins and become responsible for their own growth.
Kaye and Giulioni say that "your role is more about prompting, guiding, reflecting, exploring ideas, activating enthusiasm, and driving action". This book shows you ways to incorporate these career conversations in your everyday work life.
I love this book! Open the book to any page and you'll get valuable information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good ideas to approach employees with conversations that foment them to think about their future. Recommended to business owner as is one of the aspects that is usually forgotten.Published 1 month ago by JTG
This book provides a framework for career conversations focused on growth. I've read a lot on reflective conversations but the ides of foresight connections was new for me.Published 3 months ago by Suzanne
Some decent tips for managers/leaders who are looking to help their people move their careers forward.Published 6 months ago by MLeland
Fierce conversations was more challenging, more useful and more authentic. Will look for something else. Your mileage may vary. OKPublished 13 months ago by Nathan Donaldson
It's one of the great books on its subject.
It's really beneficial for all managers on how to handle career conversations with direct reports.
Read the book because our managers plan on using it. Agree with many of the suggestions but it does at times demeans the employees you are trying to grow. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Seth Watson