Author Archive | David Zinger

Employee Engagement: Right Effort

Taking Steps for Right Effort What are you engaging in too little? What are you engaging in too much? What are you engaging in just right? Now add something to the too little. Take away something from the too much. Keep doing what is just right. That’s right effort.

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An Employee Engagement Mantra

Recite this mantra when undertaking all employee engagement work. I was doing some work on the positive deviant perspective applied employee engagement when I came across a delightful and insightful line. I think we too often violate this mantra and end up unintentionally sowing the seeds of disengagement. Don’t do anything about me, without me. […]

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Zinger’s WILD Vision of Employee Engagement

A WILD Vision Here is the first iteration of a WILD 20/20 Vision I see for employee engagement. To foster a 20% global increase in employee engagement by the year 2020. Can you spell vision, W-I-L-D? A WILD vision is composed of the letters in WILD to guide the formulation and development of the vision. […]

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Employee Engagement and Getting Results the Agile Way

Focus on Agile Results to Enhance Employee Engagement J. D Meier has crafted an insightful and practical book on Getting Results the Agile Way. He is  a principal program manager for the patterns & practices team at Microsoft and the author of the wonderful blog: Sources of Insight. I have always found his work thorough, thoughtful, and helpful. This […]

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19 Employee Engagement Eclectic Zingers

Cool Employee Engagement Links HBR Tip: Stop bringing down the team. DON’T: be a hero, make abrupt decisions, or talk to much. Employee Engagement Resident Cartoonist @junson–>Very funny cartoon on “being seen in the workplace.” Living In Fear At Work Is No Way To Live Mark Hirschfeld. Employee Engagement. How to Increase the Success of […]

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Employee Morale and Driving Performance

Employee Morale: Driving Performance in Challenging Times by David Bowles and Cary Cooper David and Cary created a well-written and well thought out book on employee morale and the links between morale and performance. The biggest benefit of morale is individual and organizational performance and the authors present the evidence for “morale correlating highly with, […]

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6 Points to Ponder: Employee Engagement

Here are 6 employee engagement points to ponder. Open the door. A true open-door policy in which anyone can drop by anytime is unrealistic. But you can establish a regular time when you are available for questions, discussion, issues. Announce, then publicize and re-publicize the Open Door Time until it takes hold in the minds […]

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5 Employee Engagement Tips: Inside the Mind of a CEO

Employee Engagement: Think Like a CEO.

Corner Office is a feature by Adam Bryant in the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. His interviews offer highlights from conversations about leadership and management. I believe his interviews offer terrific insight into the CEO’s perspective on leadership, management and employee engagement.

His most recent interview was with Barbara J. Krusiek, CEO of the Calvert Group on Career Ladder? It’s Time for a New Metaphor.

I encourage you to read the article but here are a few of Barbara’s engaging thoughts on building a team, working with peers, obstacle courses, and community focus:

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Are You an Employee Engagement Linchpin?

Indispensable. Rich Meyer has put together a wonderful slide presentation on linchpins and work. A linchpin in an organization is someone who is indispensable to the organization. Although Rich called it marketing linchpins the lessons apply very well to employee engagement.

Key points. Rich dedicated the slide presentation to Seth Godin. You can also take a lot away from Rich’s presentation, such as these points:

* become indispensable
* be a provocateur
* be original
* be fearless not reckless or feckless
* manage complexity, inspire staff,
* etc.

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