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Erika Andersen

Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers

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Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen is a guidebook to help managers develop their employees' full potential. It provides tools and techniques to help build a culture of trust, feedback, and accountability, resulting in a happy and productive workforce.

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    Employees are imperfect yet hopeful human beings, whose success depends on your managerial skill at growing them.

    In a perfect world, employees would be perfect. They would perform tasks correctly, present outstanding ideas and ascend seamlessly from entry-level positions to top managerial spots. But the world is not perfect and employees are, like everyone, merely flawed human beings with a touch of potential.

    Like plants in a garden, employees need careful, consistent attention. If they aren’t cared for, they’ll wilt.

    So cultivating employees is like tending to a garden. It takes time, consideration, skill and knowledge. And if you learn how to cultivate your employees in the right way, you can help them to thrive.

    Environment is the perfect place to begin.

    Just as you can’t grow a cactus on a snowy mountaintop, you can’t expect a chatty, arty employee who is used to a flexible schedule to thrive and bloom in a silent payroll department that works strictly 9 to 5. She won’t be an effective team member in this environment. Even if you have the best intentions and outstanding people-management skills, it simply won’t work.

    These days, considerate handling of employees is not only important, employees simply expect it.

    Employees were once expected to do what they were told and then take home their pay. But today, employees are dissatisfied with this. They want to be stretched, to learn new skills and make noticeable progress.

    If a business can’t cultivate its staff properly, it will find its workforce defecting to companies that care more about the development of their staff.

    It’s therefore imperative that you grow your employees!

    But how do you do that? In the next blinks, you’ll find out.

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    What is Growing Great Employees about?

    Growing Great Employees (2006) is about coaching, management and leadership. Using gardening as metaphor that runs throughout the book, consultant and CEO Erika Andersen cleverly explains how to successfully develop thriving and productive employees.

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    Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen (2006) is a valuable resource for anyone looking to build and develop a strong team. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies and tips for effectively managing and nurturing employees, enhancing their growth and performance.
    • With its real-life examples and case studies, the book provides relatable and actionable insights for fostering a positive work environment.
    • The author's straightforward approach and emphasis on empathy make this book engaging and relatable, ensuring that it's far from boring.

    Who should read Growing Great Employees?

    • Aspiring life coaches
    • Organizers and leaders
    • Anyone responsible for other people at work

    About the Author

    Erika Andersen is a founding partner and CEO of Proteus International, a coaching consultancy that advises top executives on the best management and leadership techniques. Anderson is also an international speaker and has been featured in the New York Times and Fortune magazine.

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    The main message of Growing Great Employees is how to develop and nurture a talented and engaged workforce.

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    Growing Great Employees is a valuable read for anyone responsible for employee development. It offers actionable tips to foster growth and increase productivity.

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