In Growing Great Employees, Erika Andersen provides some wonderful insight for building and maintaining great teams.
However, if you are like me, the gardening metaphor will grow tiresome after a while. Beyond this, the major topics of the book are:
- There is no such thing as a successful one-minute gardener. You must pick the right new hires, constantly maintain them and know when to make cuts.
- When you make a hire, you must prepare the "soil" and foster a perfect start. This requires developing your listening skills to include understanding, not just hearing.
- Maintain a coach mindset
- Don't be afraid to prune
- Re-evaluate what is working and what is not