I've dedicated 2016 to becoming a much better people manager.
I actually prefer the term "coach," as it's really more in line with what I am trying to accomplish for the people whose careers for which I am responsible in helping to shape.
When I take a step back and think about it, it's actually a pretty solemn responsibility, so I am taking it much, much more seriously.
Now, there are some managers who don't take it seriously. There are others who do.
Then, there are those who have been preaching the gospel for a long time...waiting for those of us who need to hear it to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.
In my case, Halelly Azulay is one of those people.
I've known her for over 7 years now and her song has been consisent: Grow Your Talent.
A few weeks ago, I called her (it was her birthday) and I mentioned my goal for 2016.
Well, wouldn't you know it that she then sent me not one, but TWO, books to help in the journey. The first was her own, Employee Development on a Shoestring.
The second, "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go."
Bottom line: I recommend them both.
What I like about them is how they give you very practical advice on how to develop employees. What's more, it's contrary to what most of us think and, probably, have experienced. It's not about the Annual Review.
It's about spending time, listening, asking questions, and turning each moment into a learning opportunity.
And, as Halelly's title tells you, it doesn't need to be expensive.
If there's something I've learned in the past 4 years at Sprinklr, it's that you really can't do great marketing without great talent. If you find the people with the right ambition/passion, however, it's possible to cultivate that talent...which turbocharges your outcome.
I encourage you to read both of these books and sign up for Halelly's blog while you are at it.