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Employee Engagement and The Stanford Prison Experiment

Image a world where the meek have really inherited the earth. Where the rich are now at the bottom of the economic pyramid and the poor are now the ruling class. Imagine working in a factory shooting screws for 10… Continue Reading →

New Research: Employees Work Harder When They Are Almost Starving

[Warning – rant ahead] Love that headline? What if I told you that you can get more production from your employees if they are hungry? Or cold. Or tired. Or flat out exhausted. What if I told you that the… Continue Reading →

Little Shop of Engagement Horrors

It is no secret that employee engagement has become a vapor for most companies. The percentage of “engaged” employees has remained stable (and low) for well over 10 years. I’ve even suggested that maybe our 30%-ish engagement statistics represent the… Continue Reading →

If I’m not home … I might be here…

When I started writing my blog I was prolific. One a day. Every day. Over time I got busier and busier. And the blog suffered. Still does. I’m still writing but not always here. If you’ve checked the sidebar on… Continue Reading →

Heaven Forbid We TALK to Employees!

I’m jotting this post off in a hurry because the muse is hitting me and I have a full “to-do” list this week. A good friend and smart guy Jason Lauritsen posted in Facebook a link to an article entitled:… Continue Reading →

Take Your Team on a Motivational Field Trip

Close your eyes. Imagine you’re a manager and you have 10 employees that you’re responsible for. Notice I didn’t say “10 employees who work for you”. That was on purpose. As a manager your REAL job regardless of what you… Continue Reading →

When is ONE thing really THREE things? Whenever you want to sell newspapers and employee engagement.

We are a one-trick pony society now. We have abandoned our ability to see our world as a complex set of iterations, interactions and interrelationships. We think the economy is ONLY a function of Fed interest policy. We think the… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Why I don’t really like the whole analytics and big data thing in HR

  It’s been something in the back of mind, wound tight, ready to spring with the right trigger – the feeling this whole mad, headlong rush into big data and predictive analytics for HR isn’t right. Isn’t human. I haven’t… 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 →

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 →

The Airing of Grievances

  Having to have to explain what that headline means when we have something like google available (in other words – google “airing of grievances”) – jeez. Posting what is obviously a fake, fraud, hoax, ridiculous story to your Facebook… Continue Reading →

Worst. Post. EVER. About. Employee. Engagement.

A recent article on Forbes caught my eye because the headline said “The Real Reason to Care About Employee Engagement.” I always love to jump into posts that start with either “the secret to” or “the top three things to… Continue Reading →