Management Tip of the Day: Let your star employees shine

BOSTON Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:49am EST

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, early August 13, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, early August 13, 2009.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Too often managers unintentionally hinder or discourage their star performers. This counter-productive behavior is not ill-intended. It's often because the manager isn't sure how to motivate someone who is so exceptionally talented.

If you are lucky enough to have such high-performers on your team, try these three things to make the most of them:

1. Push them to the next level. Stretch and challenge stars. Find out what they are good at and what they need to learn and craft assignments accordingly.

2. Let them shine. Don't hide your stars. Give them visibility. Let others know what they are doing. When they look good, you do too.

3. Let them go. Top performers need room to grow. If it makes sense for their development, let them move on."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Leverage Your Top Talent Before You Lose It" by Ron Ashkenas.

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