Despite economic conditions, unemployment levels, or any other business factor imaginable, your best employees – the ones you need most – want one thing from you, plain and simple: to support their growth and career development. Study after study confirms that development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving engagement, retention, productivity, and results. Yet, career development is frequently the thing that gets sidelined unless or until the organization demands that some form be submitted during regular review cycles.

This book sheds a much needed light on specifically what managers can do – within the time-starved, priority-rich, pressure-cooker environment in which they operate – to support employees' career development. And it comes down to this: engage in short, ongoing conversations with employees about their career options, needs, and passions. It's really that simple... and that complex.

The book is rich with stories, quotes, and the perspective of real employees whose needs, feelings, and hopes outline a compelling (and very doable) call to action for managers. It contains in-the-trenches practical tips, guidelines, templates, and advice to guide managers who have the will – but not the skill – to develop those who report to them. And it shows managers how to recognize and seize the coachable moments that come up during conversations to help employees increase their performance, potential, and value in their work.

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