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How to Prevent Others from Poaching Your Talent

Employee Retention of Talent

Employee Retention of Talent

Many of you are enjoying the last day of your winter holiday break, while others are out there actively stealing your talent. If you only do one thing this year, let that be creating a force field around your organization that will prevent others from successfully plucking your talent out.

I’ve just written an executive report titled, Poaching Talent: The Unauthorized Guide to Capturing Your Competitor’s Top Talent While Safeguarding Your Own, which is yours for the asking. Here are a few key points regarding safeguarding your people.

1. Identify the keepers. It’s a lot easier to say that everyone is a keeper, rather than admitting that some people are more valuable than others. If you could only save a handful of your people on a sinking ship, who would you choose? These are your keepers and these are the people you should be checking in with regularly to ensure they feel connected to you and the company that employs them.

2. Give the keepers interesting work assignments. People tend to wander off and look at other options when they no longer feel challenged. Look for ways to involve your keepers in work assignments that are interesting and challenging, even if this means giving up something you really enjoy doing in your job.

3. Release the non-keepers. Release those who are weighing down your team as well as sucking the energy out of your keepers. Do this now.

There are a ton of other ways you can protect your talent. I’m sharing these ideas with a select group of companies, who are engaging me to come on site and facilitate a three-hour jam packed discussion. I’m also going to teach them for the first time ever, how to effortlessly poach talent. I’ve got a few dates left for January and February. Email me at to have me bring this session to your organization.

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