Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want

by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni

Washington Post Best Seller list

Over 55,000+ copies sold

Despite economic conditions, unemployment levels, or any other business factor imaginable, your best employees – the ones you need most – want one thing from you, plain and simple: to support their growth and career development. Study after study confirms that development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving engagement, retention, productivity, and results. Yet, career development is frequently the thing that gets sidelined unless or until the organization demands that some form be submitted during regular review cycles.

This book sheds a much needed light on specifically what managers can do – within the time-starved, priority-rich, pressure-cooker environment in which they operate – to support employees' career development. And it comes down to this: engage in short, ongoing conversations with employees about their career options, needs, and passions. It's really that simple... and that complex.

The book is rich with stories, quotes, and the perspective of real employees whose needs, feelings, and hopes outline a compelling (and very doable) call to action for managers. It contains in-the-trenches practical tips, guidelines, templates, and advice to guide managers who have the will – but not the skill – to develop those who report to them. And it shows managers how to recognize and seize the coachable moments that come up during conversations to help employees increase their performance, potential, and value in their work.

Praise for Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

"At last, a hands-on book that's smart, practical, and honest. Everyone knows that people make all the difference; this book will teach you how to make a difference with your people."

Alan M. Webber, Co-founder, Fast Company magazine and author, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self


"Profound, clear, accessible and actionable. Help Them Grow shows why we can’t talk about employee engagement without addressing career development. And it spells out how leaders can have that conversation."

Sally Helgesen, Author, The Female Advantage, The Web of Inclusion, and Thriving in 24/7


"Bev and Julie have presented a straightforward and unique solution to talent development: Put the workforce in charge of their own growth. This book will help you create the kind of culture for career advancement that builds businesses."

Tim Sosbe, Editorial Director, Training Industry Quarterly magazine


"This is an amazing book. In all my years coaching executives on career development, this is the best and most comprehensive resource available. It's an easy read that takes the complex issue of career development and simplifies it with real, action-oriented tips, tools and insights. It's perfectly relevant for new supervisors, senior executives and HR professionals at any level, in any industry."

Sharon Silverman, Vice President Human Resources, Macy's