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Issue: 14
May 2015

How are you helping your employees develop their career while driving engagement this year? A report recounting feedback from more than 3,300 business and HR leaders from 106 countries show three areas where investment is vital:

1. Leadership 
2. Learning and development 
3. Engagement 

This month's newsletter highlights this data as part of an overall strategy to retain key talent. 

As you support your employees in their development efforts, do they need help identifying career opportunities? Our Blog Post of the Month provides insight into a new view that organizational and human-resource leaders need to take when it comes to career management. By creating a partnership and investing in staff to build their skills, there is substantial long-term benefit to both the employee and the organization. 

Here at Torchiana, we know that successful organizations are created through strong teams comprised of the right individuals. As always, our goal is to help your company grow through all facets of leadership development, executive coaching, career management and career transition/outplacement services. Please contact us if you'd like to discuss how Torchiana can assist with your career management needs.

All the Best,
Kristi Rocha & Lynne Saiz


3 Ways to Develop and Engage Your Employees 
in 2015!
Where does your organization rank in terms of leadership, learning and development, and engagement? The Deloitte Bersin Global Human Capital Trends 2015 report, which recounts feedback from more than 3,300 business and HR leaders from 106 countries, shows these three areas are important to invest in over the coming year. 

1. Leadership. This perennial issue ranked 2nd in this year's survey with 9 out of 10 respondents indicating strong leadership to be either "important" or "very important." Yet the data collected also shows this is an area in which organizations made little or no progress within the last year. With the capability gap for creating strong leaders increasing globally, it's important for businesses to invest in leadership. 

2. Learning and development. Although the importance of this issue tripled from last year to this year (it was ranked 8th in 2014 and 3rd in 2015), organizations' readiness to address it decreased; only 40 percent of respondents cited their companies as "ready" or "very ready" in learning and development, compared to 75 percent last year. Companies see an urgent need to build capabilities and transform their learning and development strategies as part of their overall efforts to increase employee engagement and retention. 

3. Engagement. As this year's report shows, organizations continue to recognize the importance of company culture and its relationship to employee engagement and retention. In fact, 87 percent rate culture and engagement as one of their highest-ranking challenges. The report also shows that company cultures include, "Meaningful work, deep employee engagement, job and organizational fit, and strong leadership." 

How Torchiana Programs Can Help! 

Torchiana's team of executive coaches, skilled facilitators and training resources deliver a myriad of programs to support organizations who are investing in their leadership, learning and development, and workforce engagement. 

Programs include: 

The Accelerated Leadership Series, designed and facilitated by Dr. Richard Mirabile, was carefully designed to provide the highest degree of impact in the shortest period of time for emerging and seasoned leaders. Each course can be customized to fit organizational needs and requirements to maximize learning. 

The Career GPS Learning Series addresses a wide variety of learning and development areas, and can help increase employee morale and commitment, address skill gaps and/or performance issues, ensure alignment and fit for positions, and much, much more. This series focuses on helping individuals be the best they can be and ensuring they find a place in the organization where they can express excellence and contribute to the group's overall goals. 

With the Manager as Coach Learning Series, leaders gain the ability to coach, build trust and conduct constructive conversations that develop and engage employees to drive organizational performance. 

Additionally, we offer Executive Coaching, Team Building and Facilitation, 360 Assessment and Manager Training as part of our expansive offerings. 

Please contact us for additional details and for recommendations tailored to your business' needs.
Help Employees Identify Career Opportunities
What do you do when your organizational career ladder is no longer pointed upward? What can you do when you have downsized, right-sized and restructured to such an extent that employees are confused about possible development opportunities? What can you do when employees tend to flee from your organization first and ask questions later? 

Today, organizational and human-resource leaders need to take on a new view of career management. They need to develop a partnership with their employees, working together to building skills that benefit the organization and the employee in the long term. 

Leaders need to understand employee training is an investment rather than creating a flight risk. 

Finally, a new view of career management will give leaders an opportunity to take a holistic view of all their organizational roles and the skills required within the larger workflow, and to identify unexpected career opportunities. 

At the same time, a holistic approach to career management gives leaders an opportunity to identify the multitude of skills that exist among their employees. 

Believe me, leaders are often surprised at the level of employee talent the organization was not aware of and therefore was not utilizing fully. 

Read this blog post for ideas to help you to take a career management point of view within your organization.

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Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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Prioritizing Gender Equity: What does it take to reach and succeed at the "C" and Board level?
This is a partnered event, co-designed by Women in Bio (WIB) and growBOLD.
Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Time: 6pm - 9pm (onsite registration begins at 5:30pm)
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Date: June 28-July 1, 2015
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About Torchiana Mastrov & Sapiro

Established in 1980, Torchiana is the Bay Area's most experienced independent career management firm. Our staff of professionals have expertise in all facets of leadership development, executive coaching, career management and career transition/outplacement services. We have established strategic alliances with select organizations to fulfill additional human capital and business needs.

We firmly believe that your people are your most valuable asset. Our offices in San Francisco, San Ramon and Santa Clara provide service to more than 300 companies and we deliver our services worldwide through Career Partners International (CPI).