Review: Finding Keepers

Theme: Change the way you hire.

Formula: Learn's 'Engagement Cycle' so you can 'Attract, Acquire and Advance' great employees.

Big think Breakdown: "Finding Keepers" is a creative look at how to attract talent, especially from Generation Y. It's full of creative ideas on ways to find good people. It also makes good suggestions on how to get those people to come work for you. It gives short shrift to the third 'A,' advancing them through your organization, spending only one of 11 chapters on the topic. Still, a useful book for CEOs and HR pros alike

Checks: A breezy, easy-to-read writing style. Excellent use of data on a variety of employee-related subjects such as what employees want, contrasted with what employers think they want. Numerous lists summing up concepts in the book, and a Review of each chapter.

Peeves: Boxes offering 'My POV' from hiring managers and 'Colloquys' on topics are distracting and should have been woven into the narrative. It does not have much to say about how to keep the talent you have.

Quote: "It comes down to this: do you treat people as human beings, or do you treat them as assets, as commodities? If you don't care about people, they'll have a hard time caring about you. But if you care about them as employees, as friends, as partners in business, and as neighbors and colleagues, they're bound to join you and stay engaged. Respect, recognition, and engagement are the essence of finding keepers."