Why Top Talent Leaves: Top 10 Reasons Boiled Down to 1

Eric Jackson wrote an interesting article about why top talent leaves an organization. A topic that many senior leaders find very interested, What studies have shown over and over is that talent leaves simply because they are not managed correctly and the organization is confusing and uninspiring.

If you want to keep your best talent, do the following things:

  1. Hire people who have the ability to manage well and hold them accountable for doing so. If you create an organization where those that manage your most valuable asset – your talent are not only held accountable for strong people management, but are rewarded for doing so, your organization is sure to thrive.
  2. Over communicate to your staff and be crystal clear as to what the organization is trying to accomplish. Why the company exists? The culture you want to create? How you measure success? Transparency in these areas is critical to keeping staff motivated and engaged. Simon Sinak writes in his book “Start with Why”, people don’t buy what you well, they buy why you do it.” People want to have clarity on what they are supporting and want to support a company with similar vision and values.
  3. Inspect what you expect from your managers. Don’t let your organization run on auto pilot, especially in the people management area of your business. After you hire the right managers and over communicate what is expected, be sure to go back and test the waters. Are your managers still managing the staff as you would? Does everyone in your organization feel as though they are part of something bigger? If you see slippage, simply go back and correct.

To read the full article from Forbes “Top Ten Reasons Why Large Companies Fail to Keep Their Best Talent”.

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