January 16, 2007

News & Opinion: Growing Great Employees Interview with Erika Andersen - Part 1

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 10:33 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In this interview, I talk with Erika Andersen, author of Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People Into Extraordinary Performers.
When I asked Erika what the movie pitch was for her book, she said Growing Great Employees is "Good To Great meets Marcus Buckingham in the form of a Boy Scouts Handbook". You'll have to listen to get her full explanation of that, along with our discussion of nature versus nuture, why she used a gardening analogy, and why there are good reasons to have job descriptions.
We went on so long that we had to do this in two parts. Come back next week for Part II.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.