Archive | May, 2017

The Riskiest Piece of Eloquence for This Century

                             Although I have long admired Barrack Obama’s speech on race in Philadelphia, easily the riskiest, brilliant and one of the most eloquent speeches of this century was delivered by a born-and-bred Southerner and the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu. As four confederate statues were finally pulled down from their place of honor, the […]

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Peggy Noonan on "Democracy Is Not Your Plaything

Once in a while I read a summary that is so pointed and thorough that it needs neither explaining nor comment. Noonan is former speech-writer for President Reagan and long-time, Pulitzer winning writer for the Wall Street Journal. (This explanation was probably needed.) Here’s an idea. It would be good if top Hill Republicans went […]

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"Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)"

I’ve had the above book setting on my shelves since it was first published in 2007. The title was a paraphrase of Henry Kissinger, responding to charges about his role in Vietnam, Cambodia and South America: “mistakes were quite possibly made by the administration in which I served.” Of course, more recently the line has […]

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Employee Engagement: Work Should Be a Force For Good

In April 2014, I personally defined employee engagement as: good work done well with others every day. I wanted to make engagement both simple and good. I am delighted to see CIPD, the leading work organization in the UK spearhead a strong focus on good work. Here is a wonderful short video by Chief Executive […]

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Employee Engagement: A Dynamic Advance in Good Work

Are you ready for the good stuff? I have been defining employee engagement for a number of years as: good work done well with others every day. I was thrilled to read the UK’s CIPD Manifesto for Work 2017. Here are the first few lines from the executive summary: The UK faces a time of huge transition and […]

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Personal Tracking and Employee Engagement

The next step in employee engagement for individuals and organizations is to fully engage the quantified self. I define employee engagement as: good work done well with others every day. I believe employees are personally responsible for their own engagement while each of us is accountable for the influence we have on the engagement levels […]

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My Employee Engagement Course in Bangkok, Thailand

Instil and install employee engagement with small and significant actions. It was an honour to teach my 2-day employee engagement course in Bangkok last week. The participants were from Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. We were a small group and it gave us lots of opportunity to work together and to understand employee engagement better together. The […]

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Building Employee Engagement in Bangkok: Pixels and Playfulness

The MahaNakhon and 7 lessons for Employee Engagement – An  Open Architectural Metaphor The MahaNakhon from the Furama Rooftop pool. By David Zinger Ole Scheeren is the architect behind the MahaNakhon, the 77 story tallest skyscraper in Bangkok. The name of the building means “great metropolis.” The building’s shape creates the image of being unfinished, something like a […]

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