In survey after survey, executives list attracting and retaining top talent as their #1 issue. While the people puzzle isn’t easy to solve, this book features compelling research, specific personal and client stories, and key perspectives from top business leaders and experts—all in a format that’s easy to read and prompts readers to act. It’s an executive’s guide to finding, keeping, and growing the best.
Kathleen Quinn Votaw has years of experience working with CEOs who understand that traditional staffing methods don’t work for today’s companies. In this book she offers advice on:
- keeping your employees engaged so they don’t leave
- cultivating new hires—Always Be Cultivating (ABC) by thinking of recruitment as a sales process
- attracting people who will thrive in your demanding, uncertain, entrepreneurial environment
- hiring for attitude and cultural fit first, and parting ways quickly if the fit isn’t right
In survey after survey, executives list attracting and retaining top talent as their #1 issue. According to the Vistage Small Business CEO survey, more than half of CEOs reported unfilled positions, 46 percent had trouble finding qualified people, and 24 percent had trouble finding candidates with a good cultural fit for their company.roth companies need people whose passion matches that of the company. It is not likely that everyone in the company will be a perfect match, but if your core team is not a match, you will never succeed.
So… How Do You Find and Keep the Best?
While the people puzzle isn’t easy to solve, you can be successful at solving it—it just takes a dedicated, strategic approach. Give recruitment and retention the same amount or more focus as you do your customer attraction strategy. Until you do, you will be behind the curve, and that is no good for your company, your current employees, or especially, your bottom line.
Solve the People Puzzle: How High-Growth Companies Attract & Retain Top Talent is the executive’s guide to finding, keeping, and growing the best. With compelling research, specific personal and client stories, and key perspectives from top business leaders and experts—you’ll know the best next steps to find and keep the best talent for your growing business.
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Readers will gain new perspectives on:
- Keeping your employees engaged so they don’t leave
- Cultivating new hires – Always Be Cultivating (ABC) by thinking of recruitment as a sales process
- Attracting people who will thrive in your demanding, uncertain, entrepreneurial environment
- Hiring for attitude and cultural fit first, and parting ways quickly if the fit isn’t right
About The Author
KATHLEEN QUINN VOTAW is founder and CEO of TalenTrust, which is revolutionizing how companies find, keep, and grow great people. After nearly two decades of earning accolades in the staffing industry, Kathleen determined that traditional models don’t always serve the best interest of clients—especially rapidly growing companies. Leveraging her experience working with numerous CEOs, she has authored, Solve the People Puzzle: How High-Growth Companies Attract & Retain Top Talent which offers advice on how to: keep “A Players” engaged, boosting retention and reducing turnover; attract people who will thrive in a demanding, uncertain, entrepreneurial environment; and Always Be Cultivating (ABC) by thinking of recruitment as a sales process.
What Others Are Saying About the Book
“I’ve been referring companies to Kathleen and TalenTrust for years because her approach is totally different and it works. I am sold on this key concept, which Kathleen employs both in her business and in this book: if you want A-players on your team, your company must spend as much time and effort attracting and retaining talented employees as it does on finding and keeping clients. Both investments lead to increased profit. I’m sure you’ll find her book thought provoking and a call to action.”
CEO and Founder
“Kathleen provides the necessary pieces for solving one of the biggest challenges CEOs face today—attracting and retaining top talent and keeping them engaged. We live in a world where accomplishing all three has never been tougher or more necessary. It’s a must read for any business leader.”
Board of Directors
Vistage International and Coauthor of The Power of Peers
“An exemplary business book. It’s packed with personal examples, research, and practical advice on one of the toughest challenge organizations face: finding, growing, and keeping excellent people.”
New Belgium Brewing Company
“I challenge CEOs to focus on employees and accelerating their growth—which, in turn, will drive your company’s growth. People seek mastery, autonomy, and a sense of purpose at work. For entrepreneurs or business leaders at the forefront of organizational growth, this book provides key insights on how to find and keep top talent.”
Gravity Payments and Entrepreneur magazine’s “Entrepreneur of 2014“
“I’m inspired! If you agree that people and relationships are critical to business success, this book is for you. Kathleen shares her passion for helping companies and their people grow. She offers compelling research and actionable ideas.”
VP and District Manager
Kelly Services, Inc.
“Every company wants to attract and keep the people it needs to be successful, but many don’t know how. This is a big problem for entrepreneurial companies in rapid growth. One or two bad hires can derail a company and be very costly in terms of lost time, momentum, and money. This book tackles all aspects of the recruitment process and has become required reading for all the CEOs I work with.”
Dr. Jana Matthews
Founding Team Member
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Kauffman Foundation
“Great Work. I applaud the pragmatic straight talk! If you want to be a senior executive, or if you are a senior executive and want to be successful, read this book and put its principles to work. The content is critical to the future of your people and your organization.”
Major General Joseph August “Bud” Ahearn
U.S. Air Force Retired
“Like her business model at TalenTrust, Kathleen’s book is innovative and thought-provoking. It challenges you to think differently and make your employees much more than an afterthought.”
Kristy Taddonio Mullins
Mile Hi Foods and EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM 2014
“People are the puzzle for many business leaders. In our never-ending search for the silver bullet, Kathleen’s book offers powerful insights for your company.”