Talent Magnet

How to Attract and Keep the Best People

Mark Miller (Author)

Publication date: 02/27/2018

Talent Magnet
Talent Magnet How to Attract and Keep the Best People There is a long-standing truth in the world of organizations: talent wins! But how do you attract the best people? What do they really want? Based on his rigorous and extensive research, Mark Miller learned that top performers are looking for very different things than solid contributors. In Talent Magnet, Miller uses a clever and entertaining business fable to share these findings. He tells the parallel stories of Blake Brown, a CEO struggling with winning the war for talent, and Blake's sixteen-year-old son Clint, who is trying to get his first job so he can raise money to buy a well for a village in Africa. Blake reaches out to leaders in other industries and works with his team to solve the puzzle of making his organization a destination for exceptional performers. But he also learns from his son. Listening to Clint and his friends compare notes on the companies they've worked for that summer, ranging from the awful to the inspirational, Blake realizes they want the same three things out of a job as any top performer in a Fortune 500 company. Miller identifies these three critical aspects of a true talent magnet and explores the deeper meaning of each. He pulls back the curtain on what leaders can do to find and retain the very best people a strategic need every leader faces.

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Talent Magnet How to Attract and Keep the Best People There is a long-standing truth in the world of organizations: talent wins! But how do you attract the best people? What do they really want? Based on his rigorous and extensive research, Mark Miller learned that top performers are looking for very different things than solid contributors. In Talent Magnet, Miller uses a clever and entertaining business fable to share these findings. He tells the parallel stories of Blake Brown, a CEO struggling with winning the war for talent, and Blake's sixteen-year-old son Clint, who is trying to get his first job so he can raise money to buy a well for a village in Africa. Blake reaches out to leaders in other industries and works with his team to solve the puzzle of making his organization a destination for exceptional performers. But he also learns from his son. Listening to Clint and his friends compare notes on the companies they've worked for that summer, ranging from the awful to the inspirational, Blake realizes they want the same three things out of a job as any top performer in a Fortune 500 company. Miller identifies these three critical aspects of a true talent magnet and explores the deeper meaning of each. He pulls back the curtain on what leaders can do to find and retain the very best people a strategic need every leader faces.

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Mark Miller is a business leader, best-selling author, and communicator. 

Mark began his Chick-fil-A career working as an hourly team member in 1977. In 1978, Mark joined the corporate staff working in the warehouse and mailroom. Since that time, he has provided leadership for Corporate Communications, Field Operations, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Training and Development, and today, he serves as the Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness. During his time with Chick-fil-A, annual sales have grown to almost five billion dollars. The company has more than 1,750 restaurants in thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia. 

Mark began writing about a decade ago. He teamed up with Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager, to write The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Recently, he released The Secret of Teams, which outlines some of the key lessons learned from a twenty-year study on what makes some teams outperform the rest. His most recent book, Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, was released in February 2012 and was co-authored with Ken Blanchard. Today, almost 600,000 copies of Mark’s books are in print in twenty-eight languages. 

In addition to his writing, Mark loves speaking to leaders. Over the years, he’s traveled extensively around the world teaching for numerous international organizations. His theme is always the same: encouraging and equipping leaders. His topics include leadership, creativity, team building, and more. 

Mark has an active lifestyle. As a photographer, he enjoys shooting in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach places, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Antarctica, Everest Base Camp, and the jungles of Rwanda. 

Mark is also active in social media. He’d love to connect with you via: 

Website: GreatLeadersServe.org 

On Twitter: @LeadersServe 

On Facebook: Great Leaders Serve 

LinkedIn: Mark Miller

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Table of Contents

Introduction The War for Talent Do Something Top Talent Why Top Talent? The Search Huddle Time Panning for Gold More Than a Job Diamonds in the Rough Breakthrough Risky Business Lesson Learned The Answer Next Steps A Better Boss Why Not? A Brighter Future Validation A Bigger Vision Do it Now Tell the Story Launch Celebrate! Epilogue Acknowledgments About the Research About the Author

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Endorsements

"The war for talent is on, and many good leaders and organizations are really struggling. Talent Magnet presents a terrific approach that is both insightful and actionable born out of firsthand research and told through a readable and relatable story. I read it straight through." Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust "People drive your success more than anything else, and Mark Miller shows us how to attract the best of them to your company." Randy Street, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Who "Mark provides a pragmatic approach to the art of attracting and retaining top talent by inviting us to step back and connect with hearts and minds. A must-read for leaders who are looking to transform organizational talent and performance across all generations and industries." Candice L. Saunders, President and CEO, WellStar Health System "Great people are going to work somewhere why not for you? Talent Magnet will show you how to attract the people every organization wants. Read it to take your team and organization to the next level." Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Power of Positive Leadership "In the area of work and talent, one concern has risen to the top the battle for talent. In Talent Magnet, Mark Miller masterfully takes you through two journeys of discovery that merge to offer the reader unique insights from both sides of the top talent coin." Louis Richardson, Chief Storyteller, Watson Customer Engagement, IBM

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