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Hiring top talent is only the start. Now you have to work hard to keep your very best talent. Most companies stink at structured and systematic retention of their top performers. Discover how to prevent turnover and keep your best people.
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6 super successful people who were fired from their “dream job”

6 super successful people who were fired from their “dream job” | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
From Anna Wintour to Mark Cuban, here are a handful of well-known visionaries who got their real start only after being fired.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

Interesting article about failure leading to success. I've been a deep reader of ideas around "failing forward" over the years. One of my core interview subject areas I recommend that clients probe is failure and the learning that comes from it. How people demonstrate resilience around failure. My own experience is that I got fired from my first job out of  college.

 

How has failure lit a fire under you and contributed to your success?

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How to stop being average (at anything)

How to stop being average (at anything) | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Would you consider yourself just average? If you want to excel and succeed in everything, learn how to stop being just okay, with this tip.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

This article caught my attention. In my executive search practice I focus on interviewing for exceptional talent - those who have a passion for self-improvement, learning, and development. I look for people who have developed a high degree of mental toughness like resilience, focus, effort, overcoming adversity, taking initiative, being proactive, and tenacity. You can develop all these traits - you're not born with them.

 

Here's my question: If you can teach yourself these core traits of success and a few others - why don't you do it? The payoff to applying yourself at a completely different level is enormous. We don't do it because it's really hard work! Most people are happy being complacent, being average, accepting their lot in life as a given that they cannot change - because they dont want to make the effort to be better.

 

What's your pain threshold for being ready to change your mindset and your behaviors?

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Malcolm Gladwell’s 3-word reminder to stop you from overthinking

Malcolm Gladwell’s 3-word reminder to stop you from overthinking | Retain Top Talent | Scoop.it
Do you have a strong habit of overthinking? If so, consider the 3-word reminder directly from Malcolm Gladwell to help you squash it.
Barry Deutsch's insight:

I usually don't share personal improvement type stories, but I couldn't help myself with this one. This could be one of the greatest development issues for most of my clients, friends, and family members. Many times we are paralyzed by analysis - rumination and overthinking. Just do it as the Nike motto asserts in their ads.

 

Take action, be innovative, try new things, pivot in a new direction.

 

I've done a lot of coaching with my clients during the Covid crisis. Most executives have a mindset of protecting what they've created and not wanting to "rock the boat". Unfortunately, drastic changes require drastic pivoting, which requires action. Most of the executives I encounter have put their heads in the hands are praying things eventually return to pre-mid-March levels. You and I both know that's never going to happen. So the big question is: What's your first drastic pivot move?

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