I'm a sales team lead and I've been working with a cross-functional team on some sales process enhancements. One of the members of that team has done exceptional work and has aligned his ideas surrounding process with that of sales very effectively. He is currently a contractor in our company but I recognized his abilities and work-ethic and I've asked if he would ever consider joining our company full-time. He enthusiastically said, 'yes' - if he had the opportunity.
I'm interested in writing an effective letter of endorsement to his 'manager' as I'd love to see him stick around. A few things I'm stumped on are:
1. How do I deliver this endorsement? (in-person, email, letter, etc.)
2. Who do I include in it's distribution? (do I send a copy to the individual first? My management instinct tells me, yes. After that, do I send a copy to others? maybe his boss' boss?
3. Aside from using specific, situational examples, how can I ultimately influence his boss' decision to keep him on?
I've never posted on this forum... a little background on me: I'm a 9-month-new, front line manager (team lead) and I've only discovered Manager Tools as of about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I've downloaded all the casts and am working my way through them. This stuff is invaluable! I love it.