The most valuable resource on earth is not oil, gold, water, or land. Instead, our capacity for expanding human knowledge, skill and ability is our greatest resource. Throughout human history we have learned to overcome scarcity and adversity through the application of innovation.
By default then, any organisation can be stronger by retaining its greatest and brightest. Experience is the greatest loss to any organisation by means of of its personnel moving on.
Some of the key areas organisations fail to retain are easily identified and managed, but poorly implemented. Individuals leave organisations because of poor direct managers and supervisors more often than they leave because of their actual jobs.
While there’s plenty of well-known and documented methods to retain great personnel, it’s easily explained in a single sentence.
“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”
― Richard Branson
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The consistent application of basic training principles is the little key. The heavy door is whatever your reason is for training the first place. Every locked door opens easily with the right key. You can hard-knock the bastard, breach your way through and get what you need. But in terms of longevity, that door is cactus.
Motivation for the motivated is a funny thing, because it isn’t about motivation at all. A tiny portion of society know exactly what they want, how to get it and what they have to do to achieve it.
They don’t need to be pushed or motivated, they need to be controlled.
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