I’m one of the lucky ones.
I work for a company that truly supports my personal and professional growth and development.
ClearPath CEO Renee Fink recently facilitated an 11-week-long, book-club-style review of High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. Our group was named the “High Performers Club” and we were assigned pages to read and do homework on each week. The classes were delivered via video conference and recorded for those unable to attend live.
During these sessions, we learned which habits can us help achieve long-term success. There are six habits to develop to become a high performer: seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.
As part of our personal and professional development, Renee encouraged us to improve ourselves by participating in Toastmasters, or to join any other organization that will help us improve our public speaking and leadership skills. Her forward thinking reminds me of the quote:
CFO: What happens if we train them and they leave?
CEO: What happens if we don’t and they stay?
Within our organization we are quick to informally mentor. Mentoring is a powerful personal and career development tool that can enable the mentee to achieve or exceed their life’s goals and aspirations. Mentors help mentees learn the ropes at a company, develop relationships across the organization, and identify skills that should be developed or improved upon.
Doing business today requires having low-cost, yet high-quality, solutions for training and development. Starting a mentoring program in your business allows you to capitalize on your greatest asset, your employees. Strategically developing their talent contributes to the company’s growth, innovation, and bottom line. It shows management’s support, interest, and concern for an employee’s potential with the company, and demonstrates to employees that management is willing to invest the time and resources necessary to help employees succeed in their careers. In return, employees are more likely to be more productive and loyal to the company.1
Whether your company supports book-club-style training, promotes workplace mentoring programs or encourages employees to join outside professional organizations, these all help employees perform more effectively and add to their sense of satisfaction. Higher job satisfaction leads to increased productivity and reduced turnover, it can help elevate the quality of work, and it creates a more positive work environment.
About Brendon Burchard
Brendon Burchard is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and “the world’s leading high-performance coach.” His latest book, High Performance Habits, was a Wall Street Journal best-seller and named by Amazon as one of its top three best business and leadership books of 2017. More about Brendon can be found at brendon.com.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. More about Toastmasters can be found at www.toastmasters.org.
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