How to Attract and Retain the Next Kirby Puckett — or Byron Buxton

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This past week, my family went to Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge for a 12-person family reunion of sorts. Although we all live close, schedules and moving parts make long visits a rarity. Over the course of four days, you can get caught up on all those questions you wanted to ask at the birthday party but didn’t have time. One morning, I visited my mom’s cabin and was pleased to see my almost teenage niece, sister, and brother-in-law enjoying an earnest discussion on why the Minnesota Twins seem to be a minor league team for the All-Star Game rosters. A hot cup of coffee and a chance to talk about the Twins roster sounds like a great way to start a day! We had a really fun discussion about past player trades, increasing salary demands and expectations for the many talented rising minor league stars in New Britain, Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. Are we really going to lose Byron Buxton before we get to know him?

As the owner of an HR consulting firm, I am frequently asked the questions, “How do I keep my best young talent? What are they looking for? What can we provide that other companies don’t?” Although not all companies may be able to find and hire the next Lisa Grimm, named to The (Real) Power 50 by Minnesota Business magazine, there are three things young, talented people are looking for. Lisa shares with us her focus, “When I was approached by space150 to lead PR efforts, I assessed three things: Culture, its mission and vision, and how my vision would be supported from a leadership perspective. In addition to being able to actualize my purpose, which is very important to me, strong leadership within the organization I work for has been the hardest thing to find in my career thus far — and I crave it so much. As a really passionate person that can get pretty far in an autonomous environment, I have so much to learn, and therefore seek opportunities that offer superior and diversified knowledge and experience from both my peers and bosses. The lack of both has been the common denominator in me moving on from prior roles [...]

Confessions of an Occasional Flosser

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I do a decent job of visiting my dentist every 6 months. While I am walking out of the dentist wishing I had chap stick and wondering why my gums are so tender, I almost always schedule that next appointment. It’s the right thing to do. What I don’t normally do is start myself on a rigorous flossing plan 6 months before my next appointment. Generally speaking, I wait until a month before my appointment to get serious about my flossing. I try to rally. Rallying is something that we all do in many aspects of our work and life. We get off track and then squeeze our efforts into the last few moments before the event. It can work, but one area it doesn’t work is in planning a meaningful retreat for your organization.

As we head into planning season, my advice for you is — don’t wait. Get started now! If we were to develop our ideal scenario for our best retreats, they have three common threads: Time, simplicity and an outside perspective [...]