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Posted September 18, 2012
Initially I was skeptical about reading "Help Them Grow or
Initially I was skeptical about reading "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want" because I didn't hold a management title, nor did I work in a "normal" business environment, so I wasn't sure how it could be of use to me. I certainly did not expect to be sucked in by it, but that's exactly what happened!
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down, and despite my not being in a position of leadership, I closed the back cover with lots of new ideas swirling around in my head. Even though I don't have a "management" title, the ideas conveyed in "Help Them Grow" can be applied in other life situations - including mentoring (whether official or casual), in church positions (like the missions committee that I have chaired for the last two years), or even from a leading-up standpoint.
"Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go" has a complete lack of technical jargon, and uses a down-to-earth, practical tone throughout the book. Kaye and Giulioni bring the theory of leadership into the realistic realm of day-to-day work, dealing with the usual time constraints and an understanding that projects still have deadlines, but pointing out that employees still need to grow. I've read books on leadership before, but this was the first one that I felt was truly geared for the needs of the average Joe or Jane, giving ideas and starting points that can be easily incorporated in the workplace.
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