Dr. Beverly Kaye

Author, Speaker, and Founder, Career Systems International

Dr. Beverly Kaye is an international bestselling author and leading authority on career issues and retention and engagement in the workplace. She has dedicated her life’s work to helping individuals and organizations grow in a workplace that fosters greater commitment, fulfillment, and humanity.

A sought after, dynamic and committed speaker, her presentations are known for engaging participants, stimulating learning and inspiring action. Bev has delivered thousands of dynamic and motivational speeches at professional conferences and to corporate audiences world-wide. She addresses an array of talent management topics across industries and to audiences of all sizes.

Her theories and processes have withstood the test of time, so much so that in 2010, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) honored her with the Distinguished Contribution for Workplace Learning and Performance Award. The designation is given to pioneers and prophets who had enduring impact and influence, originality of ideas, a substantive body of published work, and a contribution that raises the visibility, credibility and stature of the field. She has also been named by Leadership Excellence as one of North America 's 100 top thought leaders.

She completed her graduate work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and holds her doctorate from UCLA.


Awards & Accolades

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) formerly known as the  American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), honored Dr. Kaye as a "Legend". She joins a prestigious group of thought-leaders recognized as “Pioneers and prophets in the field of workplace learning and development.”

As a foremost authority in the areas of career planning & development, talent engagement & retention, and employee involvement & satisfaction, Dr. Kaye’s accomplishments include awards and recognition from prominent industry associations, news outlets, and trade organizations.

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Career Develop-ment: Today's Meta-Priority

Leaders juggle an unprecedented number of priorities. Yet, research suggests that if leaders can address one key priority particularly well, the rest follow. That meta-priority is career development.

Up is Not the Only Way: Mobility Matters!

The exploration of multiple ways to grow and develop will broaden the landscape of possibilities for employees who may feel trapped, plateaued or dissatisfied by what they view today as limited options.

Stay Interviews Prevent Exits!

Instead of waiting until the exit interview to learn why someone is leaving, create a pattern of stay interviews instead.

Retaining Your Employees

Managers must not only 'hang-on' to good people, but also continually engage and develop them in order to meet constantly changing business needs.


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Publishing Milestones

Up is Not the Only Way

Up is Not the Only Way: A Guide to Developing Workforce Talent

by Beverly Kaye

Dr. Beverly Kaye's first book, based on her doctoral dissertation at UCLA, Up is Not the Only Way (Davies Black, 1981, 2002) became a classic. In it, she foresaw the effects that leaner, flatter organizations would have on individual careers and the subsequent need for workers to take charge of their own careers. She also developed systems for managers and employees to work together to help employees achieve their developmental goals.

The book introduced the partnership necessary for successful career development, with the employee ‘leading and owning’ development, the role of the manager as career coach and the organization providing the systems and support. Her book described the steps that HR practitioners needed to take to support career development in their organizations.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, 1st Edition

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

Talented employees want development opportunities, meaningful work, and good bosses who communicate honestly and provide feedback. While most books on retaining employees address senior leaders and human resource professionals, this one speaks to those who can actually make a difference in keeping good workers -- managers and supervisors. Using examples, vignettes, corporate tales, and research, this book offers managers a wealth of wise suggestions. Listening carefully, fostering individual development, establishing new lines of communication, and creating positive environments are just some of the keys to keeping a company's best workers.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, 2nd Edition

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

This bestseller gives everyone from CEO to front-line supervisor solutions for keeping the employees they simply cant afford to lose. The authors show that what employees really want, even more than bigger salaries, are meaningful work, opportunities for growth, excellent bosses, and a sense of connection to the company. This thoroughly updated and revised edition includes a new managers troubleshooting guide with 26 strategies that can be used at every level and a chapter on saying thank-you in the workplace.

Love It, Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

This is the employee handbook for taking action, ownership, and accountability for our own careers and happiness. Following the groundbreaking work of Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, this book provides the crucial next step for creating a more fulfilling workplace.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, 3rd Edition

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

The ultimate survival guide for managers fighting to overcome these new “make or break” challenges is this latest edition of the world’s bestselling book on employee retention, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em (Berrett-Koehler). This edition has been updated throughout with new research, facts, tips, and corporate tales drawn from dozens of organizations. A new “Troubleshooting Guide” is included, focusing on today’s hottest engagement and retention issues and strategies, all designed to help organizations
win today’s talent war. Previous editions have sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide in 17

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, 4th Edition

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

With replacement costs high and start-up time critical, employee retention is more valuable than ever. This bestselling guide provides 26 strategies to keep talented employees happy and productive. Citing research and experience with dozens of organizations, the authors present many examples of how todays companies have applied their retention strategies and increased their retention rates. The chapters are arranged alphabetically, from Ask to Zenith. Each chapter includes a series of to-do lists, company examples, and an alas story drawn from the authors personal experiences. This edition features new tips and to-do lists, new stories, and additional research from the media and from the authors own extensive database. There are also three new appendices: a troubleshooting guide, a guide to saying thank you in the workplace, and a reading group guide.

Learn Like a Leader: Today’s Top Leaders Share Their Learning Journeys

by Marshall Goldsmith, Beverly Kaye, & Ken Shelton

Three iconic figures in the world of talent management – Marshall Goldsmith, Beverly Kaye, and Ken Shelton – wanted to know, how do leaders learn? And not just in the classroom or in the boardroom… but in life. In Learn Like A Leader, you’ll read thirty-five remarkable stories of personal learning that shaped the lives and life’s work of some of today’s most prominent business figures.

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want

by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni

Let’s face it, we don’t always do the things we know we should. We know that we should exercise more, eat better, or get more sleep. As managers it’s the same thing: we know how important it is to help our employees develop and grow but maybe we don’t do it as well or as frequently as we could. This book will help you change that. Get the simple tools, competence, and confidence you need to fully support your employees.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, 5th Edition

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

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Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss

by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans introduced the stay interview concept in the late '90's in the first edition of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay. The concept has caught on so much that Bev and Sharon wrote a book about it! Recognized on the December 2015 Business Books Best Seller List by 800CEORead

Up is Not the Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility

by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart

Career mobility isn't just about moving to a new city or country. It's about stretching, learning, and transforming. Whether you're working on your own career or you're a manager, a mentor, or a coach helping others, Up Is Not the Only Way offers you six ways to build successful mobile careers.

Keep the same job but discover multiple ways to learn and grow while staying in the same place. If a new job in the same company is in the cards, experiment and test possibilities. Make a lateral move as a powerful way to develop new skills. If stepping back is the right answer, discover how it can be done without derailing a career. Pursue a promotion when it's the right time and role. And if it's time to step out the door, the authors suggest how to make an elegant exit that maybe leaves open the possibility of a return one day.

The book includes important questions to consider—about interests, skills, values, and timing—when choosing to enrich or make a change. For each option, Up Is Not the Only Way explores how managers, coaches, and employees can have rich career conversations and partner to determine the best courses of action.