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The Talent Formula: How to Engage People, Improve Teamwork, and Elevate Performance Using the New Science of Management Paperback – March 22, 2015
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About the Author
Gale Stafford is a management consultant with expertise in hiring, leadership development, team performance, and evidence-based management. He operates the Gale Stafford Company--a firm that improves organizational performance using research-based approaches. Gale lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and two daughters.
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When I started reading, I was immediately grabbed by a key list in the opening of the book. The author lists the eight critical qualities that differentiate effective managers from others. This list was developed by Google after an exhaustive internal research initiative seeking to develop more effective managers in the company. This set the tone for the book, a data and evidence-centered approach to elevating individual and team engagement and performance.
As I got deeper into the book, I realized there was a ring of truth that reverberated through what I read, that kept pulling me in. The author was sharing key insights based on his own growth and development as a leader. It was an interesting combination - the author's experience as a manager and leader combined with his compilation of the current research on a new evidence-based leadership and managerial approach.
I intentionally don’t want to share that approach in this review, as the author does a great job of that. The information can be applied in your environment. Some of the themes covered early on in the book include individual motivation, the link between performance and engagement, the path to elevating individual performance through skills building and feedback on development as well as the rationale and cost effectiveness of developing people.
The next major section of the book tackles group performance and organizational development. A cogent explanation of values-driven leadership and the path to creating it is shared. Improving teamwork and barriers to creative engagement are the other major themes here.
This book is a gem. If you're looking to manage for high performance read this one. If you’re an aspiring supervisor looking for a primer or a longtime manager looking to up your game, this book has a lot to offer you.