In their book, “Make Talent Your Business: How exceptional managers develop people while getting results,” authors Wendy Axelrod and Jeannie Coyle say managers that successfully develop people shape their work environments to drive that development process. By studying successful managers, the authors found five basic practices common in exceptional development managers.
Managers that make every day a development day, leverage emotions and trust in making work more developmental, help their staff find the right development partners, teach their people how to increase their impact and infuse their department environments with development opportunities are more successful, the authors say.
In “Make Talent Your Business,” the authors note that the top companies spend about 25 to 30 percent of their time developing future leaders. The book shares stories of real managers who have learned to develop people, increasing their overall job satisfaction, reputation, and prospects by applying these basic practices.