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

I bought Back to Basics to introduce Lean concepts and culture in our mfg facility and had key team members read it. They found it easy to read easy to understand, sparking great discussion within our team. There is now enthusiasm for change where we once had apathy. A great tool for helping us move forward!

Jim Rich

Job hunting is not what it used to be and you need to keep up to date if you want to have the best chance of getting the job you want. This is a great little book...lots of practical advice and tips a must for anyone looking for a job ....very current, highly recommend it! You could even have it with you while you are waiting to be interviewed, all the advice is short, sweet and to the point!

Brian Colbert

When I started my NLP journey I found tons of book repeating the same few concepts in a very boring way, then suddenly I found this manual and everything became interesting and I started to be keen to know more and more. It is the perfect first step for anyone who wants to use NLP for working, coaching or just to understand better life.

Giuliano Papadia

I have no doubt that Peter Freeth is on course to be one of the most influential and effective leadership guides of the early 21st century. If you've encountered Peter before, you’ll probably already have this book. If you haven’t – be prepared for a fundamental shift in your approach to business. He really is that good.

David Nicoll, MD Certax Accounting

Genius At Work ... will fill your toolbox with valuable insights on how you and your team process information. Highly Recommended!

Paul Colaianni

It was very thought-provoking, and yet was also run to demonstrate and prove how extremely simple it is to apply and achieve results! (Genius at Work)

Karen Minto, BI Worldwide

This thought provoking book challenges leaders to think and take action if they are to improve the offering and performance of their organisation: their brand. The Business Cohesion Model should be read and acted on by every Chief Executive and their senior leadership teams.

Howard Betts, Owner ‘Executive Development’, Co-Founder Centre for Leadership Studies at Exeter University.

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Beverly Harvey, Executive Career Expert and Author

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!

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