The Manager's Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential: Quick and Easy Strategies to Develop Talent Every Day

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Many books have been written about talent management and succession planning but few have focused on how busy managers can incorporate the important task of finding, developing, and keeping the best people into their daily routine. Aimed at managers at all levels and featuring real-world examples this indispensable guide explains why managers, not the HR department, must take the lead in attracting, cultivating, and retaining the most productive, promotable people...and arms them with the practical skills they need to do it!every day.

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William Rothwell honored with ASTD Distinguished Contribution Award in Workplace Learning and Performance.

Many books have been written about talent management and succession planning—but few have focused on how busy managers can incorporate the important task of finding, developing, and keeping the best people into their daily routine. The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential takes readers step-by-step through simple and effective strategies they can use to:

· Assess individual potential

· Recruit and select the right people

· Train and develop talent

· Offer career advice and mentoring

· Appraise current skills and provide daily feedback

· Excel at performance coaching

· Transfer knowledge and professional contacts

· And much more

Aimed at managers at all levels—and featuring real-world examples—this indispensable guide explains why managers, not the HR department, must take the lead in attracting, cultivating, and retaining the most productive, promotable people...and arms them with the practical skills they need to do it...every day.

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As a manager, your constant priority is delivering superior results, fast. You probably think you don’t have a minute to spare for tasks like employee development. The welcome news is you don’t have to sacrifice meeting today’s demands to focus on preparing promising individuals for tomorrow’s challenges. Making recruiting, training, cultivating, and retaining talented people an integral part of what you do, every day, will make you a better manager.

With The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential, you’ll learn how to master and continually practice tactical, day-to-day talent management. You’ll begin by exploring how your beliefs about work and human nature, along with your routine workplace behavior, affect your workers’ ability and motivation to perform. With a commitment to improving what you expect from and how you treat your people, you’ll gain the skills to:

· Assess individual potential through a variety of approaches, from assigning “stretch” projects to delegating a chunk of your responsibilities.

· Attract and select the right person for each position, evaluating candidates on criteria that really matters.

· Conduct ongoing task-focused training on the job.

· Appraise how employees are working and provide constructive feedback on a daily basis.

· Excel at everyday performance coaching and seize opportunities for development coaching.

· Actively encourage career planning and advancement.

· Identify and groom a replacement, whether for a short-term leave or your eventual departure, without alienating contenders.

· Transfer informal knowledge through job shadowing, mentoring, and storytelling.

· Serve as a model of continuous self-development...and much more.

Packed with proven tactics, real-world examples, and expert tips, The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential will give you an edge on winning, cultivating, and keeping a highly motivated, high-achieving workforce. Day after day, you’ll become not only a better manager, but also a true leader and inspiration to your people.

William J. Rothwell is President of Rothwell and Associates, a full-service consulting firm specializing in talent management and succession planning. He is also Professor of Workforce Education and Development at Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include Effective Succession Planning, What CEOs Expect from Corporate Training, and Working Longer. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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