How to turn key employee turnover into an accelerator

We were just over two months away from wrapping up our best year ever. Momentum was strong. Morale was high. And, the team I had worked so hard to fashion was humming in high performance mode.

And then the shoe dropped.

In late October one of my senior executives was recruited away, enticed by the allure of a Silicon Valley Unicorn, an equity stake and the promise of an IPO within the next couple of years.

We still crushed our targets, but, I was deflated.

Employee attrition, at all levels,...

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Why aren’t smart people enough - David DeWolf

Why aren’t smart people enough?

“We have some incredible talent” she boasted, “what we really need is someone to package them and make us the best at something. We need someone to move us forward and advocate to for us.”

The company’s leader had asked me to interview a handful of his employees to help craft the job description for a key leadership hire he was about to make. For years this leader had complained that he hired the smartest folks and couldn’t understand why the organization wasn’t moving forward....

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