Last Friday, I had a lovely invitation from BayAreaCIO to be part of a panel on the subject of The War for Talent.
The audience was Silicon Valley CIO’s and CHRO’s and was facilitated by my colleague Dan Roberts who works in that sector. My co-presenter was Julie Cullivan is the CIO and the CHRO of Forescout, Device Visibility and Control - and we met for the first time ON this presentation!
WELCOME TO BEV KAYE AND COMPANY!
And Company. Those words are not just an add-on. I thought long and hard about them (originally wanted Bev Kaye and Friends) but “Company” just fit even better. When I say "company", I mean:
- inviting “company” over for dinner
- the pleasure of your “company”
- being in good “company”
- enjoying the “company” of smart and creative work colleagues and friends
- having a “company” as in a venture, an undertaking, practice, business, or entity.
I’M NOT RETIRED! I’M REHIRED... BY MYSELF... FOR MYSELF!
When I announced that I sold Career Systems Intl (after 40 years) to two of my employees, many congratulated me on my “retirement!” I must say, I recoiled at the word because it just didn’t fit me. It took me a full year and a half (and a trip through those dark woods!) to just begin to understand who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do... now.
I’M A SOLOPRENEUR!
As an entrepreneur I ran the business.
As a solopreneur, I AM the business.
The word has been used by others and I’ve grown to love it. For me, it moves me out of the “vendor” category and gives me an opportunity to spread my wings, and open new doors to colleagues and clients. Here’s where my new business model takes me now.
I’M A GUIDE ON THE SIDE
....A Knowledge Vault: Not on everything by any means, but on my areas of expertise in career development, engagement and retention. So much hasn’t changed… and so much has. I continue to help clients with insights and ideas that have been vetted and tested.
.....A Treasure Finder: Lately I’ve been working with clients that I previously served decades ago. I’m finding complete programs, initiatives, papers, tools, that were developed years ago. Often I see these clients totally re-inventing what they’ve done in the past. I have been able to use these “treasures” to help current clients move faster in their design efforts.
.....A Thinking Partner: I am getting invitations to join councils, and design committees to re-think “the old box.” I love not having the answers but building on other ideas to find some new collaborative brainstorms. I have enjoyed the invitations to truly brainstorm with an internal team, as an extra head, heart and hands. I look forward to more.
......An Idea Whisperer: I am really good at listening to colleagues and clients who want to try something slightly different and noodling those ideas with them. I’m usually able to connect them with someone somewhere who might move those ideas along if I can’t!
.....A Mentworker: A colleague and I coined the term “Mentworking” many years ago and built a learning program around it. Mentworking means one has to network for many mentors AND mentor many! I do both. I’m a good connector, I mentor naturally, and network continually.... not only for myself but for all my friends and colleagues.
……A Career Coach for HR/Learning Professionals: I am not a certified coach (probably because I want to move to “fixing” too quickly) but I have enjoyed the many career centered conversations I’ve had over the years with folks in my own profession. I believe in short (30 minute) calls, and always try to provide an insight or next step within that time.
I’M A SAGE ON THE STAGE
Decades of experience has allowed me to feel absolutely comfortable on any size stage in my three areas of specialty: Development, Engagement and Retention. My books, research, consulting and speaking experience (and the school of hard knocks) have taught me the most. I know how to deliver the serious stuff without forgetting the smile factor.
In fact, my "mantra" for talk I give (and product I develop) to be "deceptively simple, delightfully engaging, deliberately flexible and decidedly business-centric." I’m absolutely serious about each of these! I'm really good at demystifying complex issues and conversations so both managers and individuals say, “I can do that!”
The most sought-after keynotes are based on books that I’ve co-authored:
Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go - Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want: Career development is ranked among the top global drivers for engagement and retention. Great leaders know that they can't take the development of talent for granted. Today, an individual's growth and career success is critical for managers to converse about.
The Power of Stay Interviews: Retain Your Critical Talent Managers should routinely ask their best employees this simple question: "What will keep you here?" Unfortunately, most don't ask this question until it's too late: during the exit interview.
Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: The Art and Science of Employee Engagement Today’s leaders need coaching that enables them to help their key employees thrive, constantly learn and give their “all” to the team and organization.
Up Is Not The Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility The exploration of multiple ways to grow and develop will broaden the landscape of possibilities for managers and employees who view today as having limited options.
For a more detailed description of all of Bev’s topics, please visit Bev’s Sage on the Stage resource page!
A dynamic and committed keynote speaker, Bev's presentations engage participants, stimulate learning and inspire action. She is recognized internationally as one of the most invested, knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development, employee engagement and retention, and mentoring.
Bev's thought leadership is shared in several books, including Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay; Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want; Love It, Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work; Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss, and Up is Not the Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility.
With her organization, Career Systems International, Bev Kaye developed a powerful suite of talent solutions that continue to help organizations reduce costs associated with talent loss and underperformance. These solutions are also designed to foster a culture of support for individuals, managers and leaders at all levels.
Dr. Beverly Kaye's name is recognized internationally as a professional dedicated to helping individuals, managers and organizations understand the practical “how-to” principles of employee development, engagement and retention. Her books and learning materials have stood the test of time.
In March 2018, she received the "Thought Leader Award" from the ISA (Association of Learning Providers), which is comprised of founders and CEOs of organizations in the learning and development field.
At the 2018 ATD International Expo and Conference, Bev was awarded the ATD Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was presented in recognition of her impressive work and accomplishments, and the significant impact her work has had on thousands of learning and talent development professionals.
ATD initially recognized her contribution to the field when in 2009 they designated her a "Legend" - an award that is reserved for "pioneers and prophets in the field whose ideas have endured over several decades."