Genius at Work shows you how to identify and model your high performers and then use the results in the design and delivery of everything from recruitment and selection processes, interviewing and induction training to performance management, talent management and knowledge management processes.

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One of the greatest challenges in businesses today is the protection of tacit knowledge. As competitive pressures increase and a more rapidly changing workforce needs to rely more and more on knowledge that has taken a lifetime to acquire, the ability of HR and L&D professionals to protect an organisation's culture and replicate knowledge has become vital to a business' survival.

For example, one of the UK's oldest and most respected engineering companies had a rapidly ageing workforce in a rapidly changing global market. Their most senior staff had designed the first nuclear power stations, military solutions and materials handling systems, but within the next five years, 50% of that experience would be lost through retirement.

Attracting new talent was not an issue; the biggest problem was getting the right people into the right places as quickly as possible to 'absorb' that knowledge before it was lost forever.

A British High Street retailer launched a new graduate program, and the authors of Genius at Work used their performance modelling methodology to figure out what the highest performers were doing. The results were something of a surprise to the HR team, because the highest performing store managers, buyers and finance managers, in both hard business metrics and staff satisfaction surveys, weren't doing what they were 'supposed' to be doing.

For example, the company had invested considerably in teaching fashionable new 'coaching skills' to the store managers. The authors discovered that the average store managers relied heavily on their coaching skills, but the high performers used a rather different set of skills.

The HR team adopted the authors' recommendations, with the result that the new graduate program delivered operationally ready staff into the business in just 9 months instead of 12; a 25% saving in time and cost.

Genius at Work explains the methodology behind these outstanding results and shows you how to identify and model your high performers and then use the results in the design and delivery of everything from recruitment and selection processes, interviewing and induction training to performance management, talent management and knowledge management processes.

Visit the author's website,Genius, and blog, Genius at Work.

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Genius at Work takes a fresh look at how to build an effective and committed workforce. Through relevant case studies Peter Freeth illustrates a sensible and engaging way to maximise the existing talent within an organisation rather than relying on the constantly changing trends of business and talent management theories. The theories and case studies Peter uses in his book demonstrate to be highly practical with a very positive impact and outcome. I would recommend any HR professional who is looking for insight into building a talent management strategy to read Genius at Work.

Andrew Howatson, Head of Talent Acquisition, AOL Europe

Reviews

If your business or personal life depends on great communication, then you need the Pitching Bible by Paul Boross.

Tom Ziglar, CEO, Ziglar Inc.

The Pitching Bible is the recipe for any successful business pitch. Ainsley Harriott, Celebrity Chef

I have seen Paul Boross in action and marvelled at the effect his presentation techniques have on an audience. His book, The Pitching Bible, in a simple, straightforward way makes one think hard about the art of presenting; it isn't just a matter of standing up and doing it. Mr Boross explains in crystal clear terms the dynamics between Presenter and Audience and how the presenter, you, can Seize The Day. If Presenting or Pitching fills you with fear and loathing but you've got to do it, or you just want techniques on how to improve your already sparkling performance, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.

Stephen Price, Writer, Broadcaster and Media Strategist

Business cohesion, competitiveness and the value of the ‘Brand Offering’ are very applicable in the public and charity sectors and Roger Payne spells it out in his succinct and readable book. Readership should spread far beyond the commercial world.

Major General David Burden CB CVO CBE former Military Secretary and Receiver General Westminster Abbey

This is another exceptional book by an exceptional author, trainer and consultant.

Jeff Zadzilka, NLP Certified Master Practitioner

Must have books this month: Get your pitch down with The Pocket Pitching Bible. Irish Tatler

Change Magic is not just another book about how to think outside the box. No check list or recipes to follow but definitely full of ideas that challenge your established routines and conventional thinking. No matter how successful you have been in the business world, a must read for all. Very inspiring book... should be given to all employees and managers at every level of the organization when they come on board.

Jean-Baptiste Gruet, VP Global Sales, Workplace Options

If I wanted to read a book that would help me triumph over adversity, this would be it. So often this type of book can be maudling, but this one tells you in simple terms that if you set your mind to something you CAN do it (my capitals, not those of the authors). It reminded me of Jeffrey Archer's first book - the story of his own determination to triumph over bankruptcy - "Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less". I say that, not because the authors' own experiences were in any way similar to his. But because in their own way, in their very different social situation, they did it too. Well done to them - and thanks for the read!

Michael Goulding

Paul knows the subject inside out and understands that every great manager needs to slow down sometimes in order to go faster in the long run.

Carl Honoré, bestselling author of ‘In Praise of Slow’

Highly Recommended!

Paul Colaianni