Leigh Branham

Keeping People Who Keep You In Business

Mission & Focus

Leigh Branham is dedicated to assisting organizations in the management of people, and helping individuals in the management of their own careers, so as to balance the achievement of organizational and individual goals. He is a strong proponent of the idea that investing in people is the surest path to business success and profitability.

Professional Profile
Leigh brings 30 years experience in business, education, and management consulting to his mission of helping employers implement best practices in employee engagement and retention.

He is the author of Keeping the People Who Keep You in Business: 24 Ways to Hang On to Your Most Valuable Talent (AMACOM, 2001), which consistently ranks on Amazon.com as one of the best-selling books on employee retention. His newest book is The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It’s Too Late.

Leigh was Vice President, Organizational Consulting with Right Management Consultants in Kansas City and leader of the firm’s Talent Management practice in the Heartland region. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison in Irvine, California.

In these roles, Leigh has consulted in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, banking/finance, telecommunications, hospitality, insurance, government, health care, energy, and construction.

He has been widely quoted in the media, including Fortune, Business Week and The Associated Press, as an expert on employee retention. He writes a regular commentary on managing talent for The Kansas City Star.

Areas of Expertise
Leigh consults and speaks throughout the U.S. on the following topics:

  • Employee Retention/Engagement
  • Employee Surveys
  • Behavior-based Interviewing
  • Employer-of-Choice Strategies/Branding
  • Workforce Trends
  • Generational Differences
  • Performance Management
  • Individual Assessment/Coaching
  • “Career Coach” Training for Managers
  • Employee Career Self-Management Workshops Education
    Leigh holds Master’s degrees in Counseling/ Personnel Services and Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Vanderbilt University.


    Selected Achievements
    Designed employee career development program for an 11,000-employee division of major defense company, which significantly increased the retention of engineering professionals. Authored employee “Managing Your Own Career,” and “Manager As Career Coach,” currently being used by major food company.
    Coached hundreds of executives, managers, and professionals through successful career transitions over 18-year period.
    Designed and delivered employee retention workshops for corporate managers and authored accompanying guide – “Keys to Keeping the Right People”.
    Conducted strategic planning and leadership development project for company president and team of direct reports.
    Coached executives from diverse companies in personal development based on 360 feedback. Designed employee engagement survey and conducted major organizational survey projects designed to help develop new talent engagement strategies.

    Affiliations
    Leigh is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and The Organizational Development Network. He also volunteers for Junior Achievement and The Center for Faith and Work in Kansas City.
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    • Speaking Topics:

      Diversity, Generation X, Human Resources, Personal Growth, Human Resources

    • Travels From:

      Kansas

    • Price:

      $5,000 - $7,500

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    Leigh Branham at iwin's October 2010

    Mission & Focus

    Leigh Branham is dedicated to assisting organizations in the management of people, and helping individuals in the management of their own careers, so as to balance the achievement of organizational and individual goals. He is a strong proponent of the idea that investing in people is the surest path to business success and profitability.

    Professional Profile
    Leigh brings 30 years experience in business, education, and management consulting to his mission of helping employers implement best practices in employee engagement and retention.

    He is the author of Keeping the People Who Keep You in Business: 24 Ways to Hang On to Your Most Valuable Talent (AMACOM, 2001), which consistently ranks on Amazon.com as one of the best-selling books on employee retention. His newest book is The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It’s Too Late.

    Leigh was Vice President, Organizational Consulting with Right Management Consultants in Kansas City and leader of the firm’s Talent Management practice in the Heartland region. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison in Irvine, California.

    In these roles, Leigh has consulted in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, banking/finance, telecommunications, hospitality, insurance, government, health care, energy, and construction.

    He has been widely quoted in the media, including Fortune, Business Week and The Associated Press, as an expert on employee retention. He writes a regular commentary on managing talent for The Kansas City Star.

    Areas of Expertise
    Leigh consults and speaks throughout the U.S. on the following topics:

  • Employee Retention/Engagement
  • Employee Surveys
  • Behavior-based Interviewing
  • Employer-of-Choice Strategies/Branding
  • Workforce Trends
  • Generational Differences
  • Performance Management
  • Individual Assessment/Coaching
  • “Career Coach” Training for Managers
  • Employee Career Self-Management Workshops Education
    Leigh holds Master’s degrees in Counseling/ Personnel Services and Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Vanderbilt University.


    Selected Achievements
    Designed employee career development program for an 11,000-employee division of major defense company, which significantly increased the retention of engineering professionals. Authored employee “Managing Your Own Career,” and “Manager As Career Coach,” currently being used by major food company.
    Coached hundreds of executives, managers, and professionals through successful career transitions over 18-year period.
    Designed and delivered employee retention workshops for corporate managers and authored accompanying guide – “Keys to Keeping the Right People”.
    Conducted strategic planning and leadership development project for company president and team of direct reports.
    Coached executives from diverse companies in personal development based on 360 feedback. Designed employee engagement survey and conducted major organizational survey projects designed to help develop new talent engagement strategies.

    Affiliations
    Leigh is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and The Organizational Development Network. He also volunteers for Junior Achievement and The Center for Faith and Work in Kansas City.
  • To book Leigh Branham call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.

    Re-Engage! Inspiring Extra Effort in Extraordinary Times
    Based on comprehensive new ground-breaking research, Leigh Branham will discuss the three factors that now have a profound impact on the ability of employers worldwide to create a highly engaged workplace. These factors-company size, generational diversity, and the economic downturn-are frustrating many employees as they attempt to maintain acceptable levels of employee engagement and organizational productivity.

    The Seven Hidden Reasons Employees Disengage and Leave
    The purpose of this presentation is to provide a deeper understanding of seven elusive reasons employees leave (which are very different from what they say in exit interviews), so that management and HR can partner in creating on-target corrective and preventive solutions to employee turnover.

    Employment Branding from the Inside Out
    Leigh’s objective is to define “employment branding,” convey why branding is imperative as organizations step up the competition for scarce talent, and present a three-phase process for building a compelling employment brand.

    Engaging and Retaining All 4 Generations
    To make attendees more aware of the differences between the life experiences and resulting expectations of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials so they can implement effective strategies to engage and retain all four generations.

    The Seven Ways Engaging Leaders Keep Their Workforces Engaged
    To describe the seven key behavioral differences and leadership mindsets that separate leaders who inspire more discretionary workforce effort from those leaders whose behavior causes employees to disengage.

    The 15 Pitfalls of Hiring
    To review the 15 most common pitfalls that keep hiring managers from hiring the right person for the job.

    Becoming a Better Place to Work: How to Measure Your Progress
    To assist those with responsibility for employer-of-choice initiatives to select and track the right metrics for attracting, selecting, engaging, and retaining the talent they need to meet their business objectives.

    Training Manager, Westar Energy

    “Leigh Branham is a featured presenter in our top development program and his presentation is consistently rated by our participants as one of the best sessions we have. I especially appreciate the time Leigh spent researching our needs and making the presentation as relevant as possible.”
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