No One Is Replaceable

April 7, 2016By Josh Allan DykstraCulture, Engagement, Leadership

This article was originally posted on Fast Company If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard many variations of it throughout your work career: “Everyone is replaceable.” In practice, it sounds like this… “If you don’t want to do the job, there are hundreds—maybe thousands!—of people who are desperate for work and we’ll go find them.” … Read More

Is Having A Good Job A Human Rights Issue?

March 10, 2016By Josh Allan DykstraEngagement, Future Of Work

[This article was originally published on Switch & Shift] Today, our organizations are a lot of things… They are the economic engines of the world. For example, did you know that of the top 150 economic entities in the world, 58% of those entities are corporations — not nations/countries? They are the places where we occupy some most of our time. Where do … Read More

Do You Remember Your Company’s Big Why?

February 25, 2016By Josh Allan DykstraEngagement, Leadership

[This article was originally published on Forbes] It’s easy to vilify business. Sadly, we’re usually justified in these feelings, too. For many reasons, over the past decades business folks have gotten the idea that it’s OK to screw over their employees, foul up the environment, and treat customers like garbage. But all these antics are covering up … Read More

The Elephant In The Office

November 12, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Leadership

Perhaps in the past, high engagement was enough to propel employees to the highest levels of performance. But that’s no longer true, based on the results of an engagement study of 32,000 employees in 29 international markets conducted in 2012 by the consulting firm Towers Watson. Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, … Read More

The Workplace Energy Crisis

October 29, 2015By janet-smithCulture, Engagement

I recently read a blog post on the Chief Learning Officer website on the subject of energy in the workplace, that I feel is worthy of reposting. Written by Kate Everson, it features a light-hearted reference to the animated minions featured in the Dreamworks Animation movies. In this post, Kate quotes Brady Wilson, author of “Beyond … Read More

Manage Energy, Not Time

October 22, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Update

I recently read a terrific blog post on the website of Dr. Michelle Robin, a speaker, author, radio host, and chiropractor who practices in the Kansas City area. Michelle is the founder of a remarkable integrative healing center called Your Wellness Connection. The post, Manage Energy, Not Time, was written by a friend of hers, Jenne Fromm–a life coach, facilitator, … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths, Part 2

October 15, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Leadership

I’ve been re-reading a book by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, The Power of Nice, published in 2006.  (The two co-owned an advertising agency at the time the book came out. In 2012, they merged with another New York firm, Publicis, and the company is now called Publicis Kaplan Thaler.) Chapter 6 of The Power of … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths

October 8, 2015By janet-smithEngagement, Leadership

A few months ago, the Gallup organization released a report, State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders.  As described in the report’s preface, the document provides “an in-depth look at what characterizes great managers” and is based on “over four decades of extensive talent research, a study of 2.5 million manager-led teams in 195 countries and … Read More

Employee Engagement Tips from the U.K.

October 1, 2015By paul-brewertonEngagement

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, Paul Brewerton. *** Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being. And it is … Read More