Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Book Review - Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People

Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People

About the Book
There is a long-standing truth in the world of organizations: talent wins! But how do you attract the best people? What do they really want? Based on his rigorous and extensive research, Mark Miller learned that top performers are looking for very different things than solid contributors.

In Talent Magnet, Miller uses a clever and entertaining business fable to share these findings. He tells the parallel stories of Blake Brown, a CEO struggling with winning the war for talent, and Blake's sixteen-year-old son Clint, who is trying to get his first job so he can raise money to buy a well for a village in Africa.

Blake reaches out to leaders in other industries and works with his team to solve the puzzle of making his organization a destination for exceptional performers. But he also learns from his son. Listening to Clint and his friends compare notes on the companies they've worked for that summer, ranging from the awful to the inspirational, Blake realizes they want the same three things out of a job as any top performer in a Fortune 500 company.

Miller identifies these three critical aspects of a true talent magnet and explores the deeper meaning of each. He pulls back the curtain on what leaders can do to find and retain the very best people--a strategic need every leader faces.

My Take on the Book
As someone that has to create a team that will move our division and vision forward getting the right people for the open positions that I have is critical. This book is a book that really opens up the world for any manager to better understand what they can do to attract amazing employees. On top of this I will say that this book is very actionable and offers you so many hints, tips and more that you can use right away to make changes that will move your company forward. On top of attracting great people the book also provides you some amazing ideas to retain top talent too. This was a book that I read though quickly at first, but then went back a second time to make sure I did not miss anything the first time. A great book that will make a huge difference in the way you attract and retain employees!

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