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"Growing" people...or helping them grow

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« The Value of MentorsActions speak louder than words »

"Growing" people...or helping them grow

07/24/10

When your organization hires a new person, what do you look for? What are the things that are important to your company? One common attribute that many companies look for is clearly defined career growth in the individual. Depending on the type of position, this growth may be indicated by promotions or, for more skill-based or technical positions, growth in the knowledge of more complex systems, procesess, or techniques. Regardless of the type of growth, the important factor for many companies is to see growth.

So what happens with your own employees? Do you provide growth opportunities within your company? Are you committing company resources to making learning opportunities available? How do you respond to employees who have "outgrown" the company (i.e. they are ready for the next level, but the company is not yet able to provide that growth, as in the case of someone being ready for a management position but a management position is not yet available)? Good companies understand that sometimes people grow faster than the organization and when the time comes for the employee to move on in order to continue growing, the company wishes them well and maintains connections with them (because these employees often end up coming back when an opportunity is available).

Do your functional areas have line items in the budget for continuing training? Does training get "cut" first when times are tough? Are employees encouraged to learn new things and put them to use?

Great companies grow great people--and retain many of them but accept that some will go on to other companies (where they will hopefully help develop more great people). Keep this in mind as you look at taking your company to the next level. People make the company and the company makes the people. It should be a win-win situation.

NOTE: I will be taking a short (2-3 week) break from the blog, but will return in late August. Until then, feel free to check out some of the entries in the archive. --Don


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