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

The Future Of Management Is No Managers

March 3, 2016By Josh Allan DykstraFuture Of Work, Leadership

[This article was originally posted on The Huffington Post] When I was doing the research for my book, Igniting the Invisible Tribe, I stumbled across an article by Gary Hamel called “First, Let’s Fire All The Managers.” Released by Harvard Business Review in December of 2011 about a California-based tomato processing company called Morning Star, I … 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 Dirty Little Secret Of Diversity At Work

February 11, 2016By Josh Allan DykstraLeadership, Strengths

[This article was originally published on Switch & Shift] Intellectually, it’s easy for us to promote the value of diversity in our organizations. We can endlessly proclaim epithets about the added benefit of a diverse and varied constituency of employees, espousing the importance of mixing genders, races, generations, and lifestyles. In our heads, we “get … Read More

The Importance of Stretching Employees

November 19, 2015By james-brookLeadership

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, James Brook *** The Importance of ‘Stretch’ in Talent Development In the same way that a professional athlete needs regular practice and ‘stretch’ to build their physical and psychological strengths to remain at the top of their game, so do employees, particularly those with strong … 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 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

Transforming Leaders From The Inside Out

September 24, 2015By Josh Allan DykstraLeadership

This post originally appeared on joshallan.com on June 12, 2015. I had the pleasure to be part of a panel at the Workplace (R)evolution 2015 conference this week. In preparation for the questions I was asked to be ready for I wrote down a few of my thoughts, and wanted to share them here! Provide a specific example of how … Read More