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Embracing Excellence: Become the Employer of Choice to Attract and Keep the Best Talent

Ashby, Franklin C.; Pell Ph.D., Arthur R. Author

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Provides tried-and-true methods for retaining good employees. Included are anecdotes and real-life examples from companies that are succeeding in holding onto their talented staff. It provides step-by-step guidelines and worksheets to help the reader apply the strategies.

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Whether the economy is growing or slowing down, the demand for “A players” never ceases. Not only do other companies compete to hire them, they often try to lure the best people away from you. Why should a top-level performer choose one company over another? Why should an employee stay with a firm, when competitors offer a “better deal” ?

Bonuses, stock options, expense accounts, free gourmet coffee and other financial and non-financial perks will only go so far in keeping your top-performers from jumping ship and joining the competition. Authors Franklin C. Ashby and Arthur R. Pell’s groundbreaking research shows that the key to keeping “A-players” lies in your company’s commitment to transforming the corporate culture into one that embraces excellence and reflects the company’s commitment to values, vision, creativity, trust and respect.

Authoritative and practical, EMBRACING EXCELLENCE draws on six years of original research into what motivates and what “turns off” A-players. Surprisingly, corporate culture proved to be the most influential factor in top-performers’ overall satisfaction with a company—and subsequent decisions to look elsewhere.

In this book, Ashby and Pell offer specific and practical tools and suggestions, based on their research, to help you identify and overcome those factors that prevent a company from being an employer of choice. Among these are
* The Organizational MRI -- a unique method for diagnosing your company’s organizational culture
* Job descriptions and specifications that identify what it takes not just to perform the job, but to perform superbly
* Techniques for determining the few critical objectives that are essential for success in the job
* Tips and tactics on finding and selecting the best candidates for these jobs -- “A players”
* Onboarding – a method for starting the new employee pff on the right foot.
* A new approach to separation interviews -- learning why good people leave --
* Tools for for enhancing employee cooperation, collaboration, and loyalty.

EMBRACING EXCELLENCE provides the tools and questions you need to thoroughly and honestly evaluate of your company’s cultural climate, as well as a blueprint for implementing the changes needed to bring out the very best in your employees—and reduce costly turnover. CEOs, managers, supervisers and employees responsible for the future of the company will do well to examine their commitment to corporate culture, and apply the precedents set forth in EMBRACING EXCELLENCE.

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The A-players, the cream of the crop, the best and the brightest – no matter what you call them and no matter what the job market – are always in high demand and short supply. EMBRACING EXCELLENCE shows you how to find and keep them. “Embracing Excellence is a delicious smorgasbord of practical information. The authors have obviously worked and studied talent issues for many years. They give the reader best practices, clear examples, and useful tools. Big company and small company examples are given. Any manager struggling with talent issues will find this book a must read, and will be happy it is an easy read, too.” Brad D. Smart, Ph.D. author of Topgrading “This is an excellent contribution to a very timely topic. I agree with Frank and Arthur’s assumption that the culture is the key to much of the retention problem. This book is packed full of useful tools and ideas to ensure that good employees stay with the firm. I recommend it for any professional concerned about retention in today’s competitive economy.” Jack J. Phillips, Ph.D. Jack Phillips Center for Research, A Division of Franklin Covey Company and author of HRD Trends Worldwide and The Human Resources Scorecard “In today’s competitive recruiting environment, HR professionals looking to win the war for talent have two choices, 1) read Embracing Excellence, or 2) learn the hard way.”

Grant M. Lehman

VP Talent Acquisition, Digital Focus

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