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The Secret to Retaining A-Players

“A Players” and how to retain them

As a business owner, you know that A-players love to learn, grow, and be challenged. Don’t expect to have A-players if you keep them in a stagnant role where they are not challenged! Join me in this episode where we dive deeper into retaining A-players by creating challenges and opportunities for their advancement.

Show Highlights:
  • Can you relate to Bill? He is a business owner facing the problem of a revolving door for entry-level employees–because he doesn’t have a plan for advancement for A-players.
  • “What we focus on grows.” Shift your intention and attention to developing and retaining your best team members, and start with weekly one-to-one meetings.
  • How to identify opportunities for team members to use their strengths in their work
  • What can you take off YOUR plate that can become an opportunity for advancement for your best team members?
  • Why retention matters (Situations like “The Great Resignation” will affect you less if you have the reputation as one who develops A-players.)
  • What makes a great boss? The key is to have people-management skills honed by:
    • Planning one-to-one meetings where you can LISTEN.
    • Clearly defining each team member’s role.
    • Identifying crucial skills and strengths needed in each role.
  • How to identify in existing team members what drains them and what excites them about their role (Pinpoint their strengths, and don’t burn them out!)
  • How team goals help create a culture of support, safety, and connection for your team members
  • The value in mutually-invested relationships–when you share your business goals and vision with team members to show them how they will benefit from achieving them (They will see that they are working for something bigger than a paycheck.)
  • How the business owner’s dream should stretch everyone on the team to embrace and achieve that vision
  • The final piece in retaining A-players: How you, as the business owner, show up (Be non-judgmental and have a learner-curiosity mindset.)


Links and Resources:

Learn more about the next How to Hire the Best course. It starts on April 7!

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.