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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 →

3 Words to Add to Employee Titles to Drive Engagement

If you work in corporate America you worry about employee engagement. If you work in corporate “World” you worry about employee engagement. And if you pay attention to employee engagement data you know it really hasn’t changed much in 10… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Culture at the Speed of the Internet – Microsoft Chatbot Goes Rogue

On March 23, 2016, Microsoft unleashed on the internet an artificial intelligence (AI) attached to a twitter account. It was called a chatbot and it went by the name of “Tay.” “Tay” was an experiment in AI to learn how… 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 →

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 →

St. Louis Rams – Doing Football Like You Do Employee Engagement

Looks like I’m going to try and channel my inner Steve Boese or my inner Kris Dunn and try to draw some connection between what’s going on in sports and what’s going on in the business world. First some backstory… Continue Reading →

All Vital Signs Are Good but the Patient is Dying – The Employee Engagement Silver Bullet?

Did you hear about the patient with perfect blood pressure, perfect heart rate, perfect cholesterol levels, wonderful muscle tone yet was slowly dying? You’re about to. The patient’s name is Employee Engagement. Yesterday I pointed you to a write up… Continue Reading →

160,000 Employee Professional Services Firm Decides Engagement is a “Racket”

I’m pretty good at keeping my finger on the pulse of what is going on in the engagement space but this little ditty almost slipped by me. And the fact that I’ve only seen one update referencing this (and on… Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement is the Result of NOT Being the Hero of Your Own Story

  Here’s a question for you. Should you be the hero of your own story? When you describe your career, your job, your function, do you talk about it in a way that makes you the focus of that story?… Continue Reading →

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