Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni

Help Them Grow Cover

Washington Post Best Seller list

Over 55,000+ copies sold

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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Praise for Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

"At last, a hands-on book that's smart, practical, and honest. Everyone knows that people make all the difference; this book will teach you how to make a difference with your people."

Alan M. Webber
Co-founder, Fast Company magazine and author, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self

"Profound, clear, accessible and actionable. Help Them Grow shows why we can’t talk about employee engagement without addressing career development. And it spells out how leaders can have that conversation."

Sally Helgesen
Author, The Female Advantage, The Web of Inclusion, and Thriving in 24/7

"Bev and Julie have presented a straightforward and unique solution to talent development: Put the workforce in charge of their own growth. This book will help you create the kind of culture for career advancement that builds businesses."

Tim Sosbe
Editorial Director, Training Industry Quarterly magazine

"This is an amazing book. In all my years coaching executives on career development, this is the best and most comprehensive resource available. It's an easy read that takes the complex issue of career development and simplifies it with real, action-oriented tips, tools and insights. It's perfectly relevant for new supervisors, senior executives and HR professionals at any level, in any industry."

Sharon Silverman
Vice President Human Resources, Macy's


More About the Book

Sample Chapters

Look inside Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go. Preview the introduction, table of contents, and the first two chapters; Develop Me or I'm History, and Can We Talk?

New Definition

Beverly Kaye provides an updated definition of career development. She urges managers to ask their employees what career success means to them. It's rarely climbing the ladder.

Talk's Not Cheap

Careers are developed one conversation at a time, over time. In this video, authors Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni provide a framework for career conversations.

Lose the Ladder

The world is different today and career development has changed. It's more like a rock climbing wall. Four career development wisdoms from the climbing wall are explained.

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go MicroLearning Solution

About the Authors

Beverly Kaye is an internationally recognized authority and best selling author on career development, employee engagement and retention. A sought after, dynamic and committed speaker, her presentations are known for engaging participants, stimulating learning and inspiring action. Founder of Career Systems International (CSI) a talent management company, Beverly Kaye’s innovative and cutting edge thinking have helped organizations solve their greatest challenges in employee engagement, by creating impact with measurable and sustainable results. She was among the first to recognize the importance of career development as part of an organization’s development process.

Julie Winkle Giulioni has spent the past 25 years improving performance through learning. She’s partnered with hundreds of organizations to develop and deploy innovative leadership training solutions that are in use worldwide. Prior to co-founding DesignArounds 15 years ago, Julie was director of product development for AchieveGlobal, one of the world’s largest commercial training companies. She also held multiple training leadership roles and was a department chair and professor at the Southern California university. Julie was named one of Inc. Magazines top 100 leadership speakers and received the Global HR Excellence Award for Strategic Leadership from the World HR Congress. She is a published author and respected speaker on a variety of topics, and a regular contributor to many business publications.