Ninth House, Inc. Launches Retaining Talent Solution Suite

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Leadership and management development company assists organizations with engaging employees and reducing employee attrition rates through effective management training.

83% of employees polled said it was somewhat or extremely likely they would seek new employment once the job market and economy improves.

Ninth House, Inc., the leadership and management development company, today announced the immediate availability of Retaining Talent, the blended learning solution suite designed for organizations and managers needing to proactively retain key talent and reduce employee attrition. Based on the methodologies of talent retention expert Dr. B. Lynn Ware, Retaining Talent assists managers in the ever-increasing challenge of employee engagement and retention, and provides the skills and techniques needed to maintain efficient workgroups, reduce turnover, and increase employee commitment and loyalty.

According to a recent study issued by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “83% of employees polled said it was somewhat or extremely likely they would seek new employment once the job market and economy improves.” Additionally, a recent Accenture study on job satisfaction states that “48% of US middle managers surveyed said they were either looking for different job or planned to do so when the economy recovered”.

“Employee retention and engagement are growing concerns for organizations of all sizes,” said Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin & Associates. “As the job market strengthens, employees continue to have employment choices previously unavailable to them just a few short years ago. These market forces, coupled with the inevitable talent ‘brain-drain’ as the Baby Boomers retire, is making it critically important for all managers to learn how to engage and retain their employees. It is now imperative for organizations to invest in programs that identify retention risks and train managers how to coach, develop, and motivate their key employees.”

Retaining Talent from Ninth House makes it easy for managers to engage their teams and gain the commitment and productivity to make the entire organization successful. Based on over a decade of statistical research gathered from more than 65,000 managers and their direct reports, Retaining Talent combines the successful approach of Dr. Ware’s model of employee retention with Ninth House’s award-winning, interactive blended learning methods. The result is a world-class blended training solution that provides a systematic approach to employee retention and engagement.

“Market research indicates that when companies tackle retention it’s most often a reactive measure – resulting from a highly visible defection. Furthermore, they address it as an organizational issue, instead of an individual issue,” said Dr. B. Lynn Ware, Ninth House faculty member, founder and CEO of Integral Talent Systems, Inc. “Statistics show that managers have the most direct influence in an employee’s decision to stay or leave. Compensation, benefits, and other institutional programs are important to employees, but most quit their manager, not the company. This new solution from Ninth House is a breakthrough approach to reaching individual managers and assisting them in development of their personal retention practices.”

Designed for managers at all levels, Retaining Talent is a fully blended solution that guides the learner through developing key engagement and retention skills — both online and offline. First, an online assessment collects and measures feedback from each manager’s direct reports, identifying “flight risks” and gaps in the manager’s motivational skills. Learners then participate in a parable-based course that contains an engaging storyline, online quizzes, and interactive tools that enable the course content to be applied directly to the learner’s business environment. Upon completion of the online course, classroom workbooks and facilitation guides enable learners to engage in real-world manager or instructor-led application discussions.

Two additional features of Retaining Talent include the ability to practice and reinforce the new skills over time. First, Ninth House’s unique approach to intelligent first-person, interactive video simulations provides managers with a safe environment to practice their newfound skill set in a life-like business scenario. Upon course completion, a series of short online reinforcement modules based on the course content are emailed to managers each week, keeping their new skills top of mind long after the course itself is complete. This high quality blended learning solution leads to greater retention and behavioral impact than traditional training.

“Ninth House is committed to delivering leading edge leadership and management development solutions based on only the highest quality content,” said Jeff Snipes, founder and CEO, Ninth House, Inc. “By listening to and anticipating our customers needs, we’ve successfully turned their talented employees into a competitive advantage. I’m extremely proud of our latest solution, and I’m confident that Retaining Talent will continue to provide an advantage for organizations who invest in engaging and retaining their most critical assets.”

To learn more about Retaining Talent from Ninth House, please visit

About Dr. B. Lynn Ware, Ninth House Faculty Member

Dr. Ware is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who has practiced for over twenty years in the corporate education and organization development field, with a strong focus on how to increase employee productivity for the benefit of achieving business goals. Dr. Ware has experience consulting in the consumer products, financial services, retail and technology industries. Dr. Ware is frequently quoted on trends in employee retention strategies in numerous publications such as the Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Network World, and Computer World magazine, and has recently been featured several times on CNN as a national employee retention expert.

About Ninth House

Ninth House, Inc. provides leadership development solutions that integrate content from leading business experts with self-paced online courses and practical simulations to more effectively develop leaders at all levels of an organization. The Ninth House curriculum addresses the most relevant issues an organization faces–from leadership and innovation, to building community in the workplace, to managing change. Ninth House’s leadership development solutions are easily scaleable, customized and deployed to a corporation’s workforce based on business needs; thereby, providing organizations with rapid, measurable impact on employee behavioral change, while increasing productivity. Ninth House customers include nearly 200 global 2000 and government organizations globally such as, British Telecommunications, Hyperion Solutions Corporation, SSM Health Care, United States Navy, and United States Department of


Ninth House is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit the Ninth House website at:, or call: 415-277-8200.

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