Category Engagement

Blame your company culture on the pens you use.

Culture – the tapestry of who and what your company is and stands for. Woven from many different behaviors – large and small. Culture isn’t what is written on posters outside the offices of your senior leadership team. Culture is… Continue Reading →

Monica Fochtman on the “Paul”Cast… What I wish I had been told…

Are you taking responsibility for your own engagement at work? Are you the craftsperson of your own happiness? It seems from what we read today that companies own employee engagement and employee happiness. But not so fast says Monica Fochtman,… Continue Reading →

Recognition – Incentive – Engagement [They Are NOT the Same]

I keep a file of all the articles I find about how to drive performance in organizations. Some are good. Some are horrible. Most are about 50% correct. Even this one will fall short of 100% because at the core… Continue Reading →

Engagement Entropy – Stop Trying to Find a Solution

Except for a few classes in high school and college, I’m betting you haven’t used the word entropy in a long while. If you have, you’re traveling in better circles than me. In my group the most common words we… Continue Reading →

Just Throw a Webinar – May 25 at Noon EDT

Six years ago I wrote a post on Fistful of Talent called “Just Throw Strikes.” The gist of the post was that too often what we think is helpful advice is rarely that. At best it is just a restatement… Continue Reading →

Engagement Alpha – Making this stuff up and loving it!

Sometimes I surprise myself. I’ve been writing about employee engagement – and engagement in general – for almost 10 years. First on my own blog for and then in tandem on Fistful of Talent for almost as long. I’ve also… Continue Reading →

Are we playing defense when it comes to employee engagement?

  About 6 years ago I wrote a post for Fistful Of Talent entitled: HR Plays Too Much Defense” The gist of the post was that HR sees their job as “protecting the company.” That HR is in the “prevention… Continue Reading →

12 Karmic Laws of Engagement

The more I write about engagement and motivation for business, the more convinced I become that there are a finite number of rules in the world and those rules are simply repurposed for whatever context we humans play (or work)… Continue Reading →

At What Point Do You Throw in the Towel on Engagement?

Can you believe there was a time in medical history when medical practitioners didn’t wash their hands? When cleanliness wasn’t a “best practice?” True story. Washing hands wasn’t a routine issue back in the mid-1800s. The idea of washing hands… Continue Reading →

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Then Became an Employee Engagement Guru

Show of hands… how many of you like being compared to domesticated farm animals? Or even non-domesticated animals for that matter? Except for honey badgers and wolverines – those are some bad-ass animals. I’m cool if someone said I was… Continue Reading →

HR Professionals – You Wouldn’t Like Them When They’re Angry

Seems HR gets more than their fair share of abuse. From HBR running their ongoing series on why HR sucks or how HR needs to change to why everyone hates HR. What exactly did HR do to Harvard Business Review?… Continue Reading →

Pulse Surveys May Be The Worst Management Idea Ever

  (Steve Boese posted today on how Netflix sees their real time data and the HR spin. It reminded me of the following slightly edited post I wrote back in February 2015 on a different blog. Enjoy this blast from the past.) Big… Continue Reading →

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Stop Recognizing Employees.

This post is a redo of a post from a few years back (about 4 or 5 to be not-exact.) I decided to remix/repost based on a twitter conversation I had with @TrishMcFarlane and @AKABruno (aka Matt Stollack.) Trish said:… Continue Reading →

Powerball Planning for the Rest of Us

I hear a lot of people say that those of us that buy Powerball tickets are stupid. They say we are throwing away our money. They say we have no chance of winning. Well… not exactly… we have a chance…. Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement is a Lot Like Parenting – #NextChat Jan 13th At 3:00 pm ET

During conversations over Christmas break with my 22 year-old and my 24 year-old children they were surprised to learn that all this parenting stuff they had to suffer through growing up (and continue to for at least a little while… Continue Reading →

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