“In survey after survey, year after year, employees express their dissatisfaction with how they are being supported in their careers. At the same time, managers across industries, regions, and levels uniformly report a moderate to severe lack of competence, comfort, and confidence in themselves in regards to this critical job expectation.”

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is a tremendously timely new book that just might launch a “coaching culture” revolution in organizations desperate to attract and retain talent, and remain competitive.

This sharp, practical guide is for anyone who has (or aspires to have) a role in developing others—managers, supervisors, directors, team leaders, etc.

Authors Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni write,

“Career development is as important as it’s ever been (maybe more). In today’s business environment, talent is the major differentiator. And developing that talent is one of the most significant drivers of employee engagement, which in turn is the key to the business outcomes you seek: revenue, profitability, innovation, productivity, customer loyalty, quality, and cycle time reduction.

But the reality of career development is changing in response to the new business landscape. It’s not the wide-open playing field it once was. Boomers are waiting longer to retire. Repeated rounds of belt tightening have led to delayering and downsizing. More jobs are outsourced. All of this breeds a sense of scarcity and leaves the impression that there aren’t as many opportunities as there once were. This makes career development more—not less—important than in the past.”

The authors Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni are an impressively credentialed team who’ve written a roadmap for coaching and developing people. Kaye, CEO of Career Systems International, specializes in engagement, retention and development.  Giulioni, cofounder and principal of DesignArounds, a consulting and instructional design firm, focuses on leadership, sales and customer service.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/shenegotiates/2012/09/06/want-talent-help-them-grow-or-watch-them-go/

by Victoria Pynchon

Victoria Pynchon is an attorney-mediator and arbitrator. She is also a principal in the She Negotiates Consulting and Training firm for which her blog “She Negotiates” is named. In addition to writing for the Forbes.com legal blog “On the Docket,” Pynchon also authored the book “A is for A**hole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution.