What's the secret to having an engaged and productive team? It's having a plan for developing all employees--no matter where they are on their personal learning curves. Better morale and higher performance happen through learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over twenty years of coaching, investing, and consulting, Johnson has seen that employees need continuous learning and fresh challenges to stay motivated. The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen by thoughtfully designing people's jobs around the skills they have today as well as the skills they'll need to be even more valuable tomorrow. In this book, Johnson explains how to become one of those bosses and how to build your A-team.
“Backed by more than 20 years of research, consulting and coaching, Whitney Johnson has plenty of hands-on experience working with teams. And her new book Build an A Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve offers a step-by-step process for transforming a group of people into a high-powered and productive team.” - Forbes
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