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Talent Keepers: How Top Leaders Engage and Retain Their Best Performers

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Talent Keepers: How Top Leaders Engage and Retain Their Best Performers

Christopher Mulligan, Craig Taylor

ISBN: 978-1-119-55825-5 April 2019 192 Pages

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Achieve higher levels of workforce engagement and retain more employees

A strong U.S. economy with record-low unemployment rates and the shift to Millennials—now the largest generation in the workforce—are driving specific challenges for organizations to engage and retain employees. Engaged employees don't just happen, they are nurtured by organizations with great cultures and strong leadership.

Talent Keepers puts a new spin on a systematic approach to employee engagement and retention with precise tactics that have achieved proven results. This book includes research-based methods of engaging employees, beginning the moment they are hired. With six client case studies that focus on how the organization put an engagement plan into practice and achieved success, readers will come away with specific, actionable strategies they can begin implementing immediately in their organization.  

•    Put an engagement plan into action

•    Find actionable strategies

•    Implement ways to retain your best employees

•    Achieve success starting today

If you’re a top leader looking to engage and retain your best performers, Talent Keepers has you covered. 

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Energizing a Changing Workplace 1

Blink, and Your Staff Has Changed 2

Embracing the Data (and Everything After) 4

The Confluence of Generations 6

“Begging Them to Stay” 7

Good Leadership Still Wins 8

Building a Winning Strategy 8

1 Engaging Your Talent Is a Business Imperative 11

The True Cost of Turnover 15

Leadership as a Market Advantage 20

Introducing the Leader Engagement Index 22

2 What Engages People at Work? 29

The Tipping Point 30

I Don’t Need No Satisfaction 33

The Four Drivers of Employee Engagement 35

The Four Drivers and the Leadership Engagement Index 42

3 Leaders and Their Impact 47

The Case for a Focus on Leadership 49

Why Focusing on Leaders Gets Results 51

Best Boss/Worst Boss 58

Leaders Underestimate Their Impact 60

Different Background, Different Response 62

Commit, Engage, Excel 67

4 Communication: The Lubricant of Change 71

Blaming Up 74

What Not to Do 76

What to Do: Sharing Down 81

5 Solving the Career Growth Dilemma 85

Recognize the Right Way 88

Trust Each Other with Your Careers 89

Shifting Career Aspirations 90

The Stay Interview 92

Career Growth and Accountability 100

Job Stratification 103

WOWs, Wet Socks, and Snorkels 103

6 New Rules for Building a Leadership Team 109

The Fish Rots … 111

Promote for More Than Just Job Skill 115

Measuring “Will Do” and “Can Do” 120

7 Creating an Engagement and Retention Culture 125

Can You Fix Culture? 130

Communication Is Still the Key 132

Creating the Culture 133

8 Building the Business Case for Engagement and Retention 145

Where’s the Money? 147

Finding the Money 148

Spreading the Impact 149

Building a Winning Strategy 152

Appendix: TalentKeepers’ Experience and Capabilities 155

About the Authors 161

Index 163