How to retain talented employees

“I don’t understand this.”

“What don’t you understand Prasna**?”

“Yesterday you wrote about marketing. That seemed fine because you were in that business. But what do you know about HR? And retaining people? Are you an expert in everything?”

“Certainly not. My expertise is facilitation. I help people come out of their habitual ways of thinking. I do not have to be an expert in every subject. I cannot be, even if I want to be.”

“Makes me a little more comfortable. I still do not understand how you are going to tackle an HR issue.”

“Retaining talented people is a burning issue for many organisations. I do believe however that they could get better solutions if they defined the real issue behind losing people.”

“Is it not all about money? Is it not obvious?”

“Not really. Perhaps you should read  a business fiction called “The Golden Cage”

“What is it about?”

“It is about a successful company that is losing its  talented stars. The story is about how the CEO and his team come up with truly unique solutions.”

“What is ‘The Golden Cage’?”

“It is a metaphor to explain how people feel – prisoners in a comfortable place, but very unhappy

“How will reading this fiction help me? How big is it?”

“It is a short – easy to read, fast paced. There are no theories, jargons or models to follow. What most people get is a fresh perspective on how to look at an issue and explore various new ways to solve them.”

“How do I get a copy?”

“Simple. Just click The Golden Cage and get your copy. Let me know what you think.”

**Prasna Rao is an unusual friend. He appears every time I start writing something. He is almost always there when I am writing my blog. He asks questions that are razor sharp and often makes me uncomfortable. He is relentless till I answer his questions in simple, clear terms.  You might find that he is most of the times asking questions that you want to. Therefore he is on your side, while he is putting me in the dock. I call him my Uninvited Coach

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2 Responses to “How to retain talented employees”

  1. Sumit Roy says:

    May one borrow Prasna Rao on occasion?

    He asks some pretty sharp questions!


    • R Sridhar says:

      The trouble Sumit, is that Prasna always appears uninvited. What prompted him to enter my life I do not know.

      I will of course pass on your request to him. But then you know how he is.

      Incidentally I met one of your MICA students in a Creative Block Busting Workshop. She passed on your message and enquired about Prasna!

      Thanks to you Prasna is getting known.


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