Today, May 22nd is my 25th wedding anniversary to Susan. It just goes to show that engagement can lead to wonderful things, and that includes 3 wonderful children. Today I feel like the most fortunate man alive and have so much gratitude in my heart. Of course we won’t stop there and I look forward as we move into our next 25 years!
Archives for May 2013
It should not be radical to be either honest or transparent
Employee engagement thrives with honesty and transparency. I trust we don’t have to make the business case for honesty and transparency in the workplace but I am sure someone has set about calculating the return on honesty (ROH) or an even better Dilbert-like acronym, Return on Transparency (ROT).
In recent years, I have increasingly encountered articles and blog posts about radical honesty and radical transparency. Ryan Smith and Golnaz Tabibnia (what a wonderful looking and sounding name) near the end of 2012 wrote a Harvard Business blog post: Why Radical Transparency Is Good Business. They claim radical transparency improves business performance in terms of focus, engagement, and growing and recruiting talent. I guess there already is a ROT in our workplace. I don’t quibble with their premise or plea for transparency I just hope that we don’t see it as being so radical.
When did it ever become RADICAL to be honest or transparent at work. (Yikes, I think I am starting to almost write like Tom Peters and his tendency to try and shout through his writing with a plethora of BOLD UPPER CASE letters in a variety of colors.
Of course, maybe we do need to shout: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE RADICAL TO BE HONEST OR TRANSPARENT. I yearn for the sound of respectful voices not shouting but rather being honest and transparent in our workplace.
One last thing, please do not ever approach me and ask, “Can I be really honest with you right now?” I am going to say no. Not because I don’t want you to be honest but because it makes me believe that you have not been honest with me before. Just go ahead all the time and be honest, really! Trust me, you probably will be real more than radical.
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
Engage along with me, the best is yet to be.
David Zinger is an expert global employee engagement speaker and consultant who brings the topic down to earth while striving to enliven the pyramid of employee engagement to help leaders, managers, and organizations increase engagement and results while also building relationships.
Waggle is coming May 29th
My newest free eBook Waggle is coming on May 29th. This book looks fantastic on a tablet or smart phone. It is based on 3 years attempting to convene honeybees and humans. It is not really about bees, don’t worry you won’t get stung. It is about what we can learn from bees to improve our own work, engagement, and organizations.
It will be released on May 29th. because that is Manitoba’s: Day of the Honeybee.
I will post it on this site and other places on that day. It is 68 pages long and has lots of pictures so it is an easy read, perfect while you are waiting at the gate for your flight to Timbuktu or waiting in your doctor’s office.
I no longer have the patience for most business books that drone on for 350 pages and generally I can find most of what I am looking for from an author in a good blog post. I just had so many great images that I wanted something that was easier to look at and pass around.
The book is free, you will just click on the image and read it or download it. There is no email or registration required. What I hope you will do is pass it on to others who may benefit by being able to think differently inside their hive.
Come back on May 29, catch the buzz, and start your waggle.
David Zinger is an employee engagement expert and speaker who went to the honeybee hives for three summers to learn lesson for engagement from this enthralling species.
Yeah employee engagement is important but…
The majority (79%) of respondents rate employee engagement as a high priority, but only 41% have an employee engagement strategy in place, according to research by YouForce. (Source)
There is a gap between belief and action on employee engagement. It is rated as a priority but only half of those who rate employee engagement as a priority have a strategy. Now that’s a true lack of engagement with engagement!
David Zinger is a global employee engagement speaker and expert who uses the pyramid of employee engagement to help managers and organizations increase engagement.
Employee Engagement Advice is Only Half Right
I often start my speeches on employee engagement with the following statement:
Half of what I will offer today is right on, half of what I will offer today is wrong, and I don’t know the difference.
Responses range from chuckles, to mild disbelief, to a request to just do the right stuff so people can leave early.
I believe it is important to come to a presentation on employee engagement with an open mind but not so open that your brains fall out. As individuals and organizations, we must find our inner expertise and rely more on test cases than best cases. What this means is that if you hear about evidence based practices or surefire tips try them out to see if they work for you and your organization.
Don’t just attend a presentation to learn more or learn something new. Attend a presentation with the willingness to engage with the content, take it away, test it out, and if it works implement it at on a larger scale personally or organizationally. Increase employee engagement by engaging fully with what you are learning.
Engage along with me, the best is yet to be.
David Zinger is an expert global employee engagement speaker and consultant who uses the pyramid of employee engagement to help leaders, managers, and organizations increase engagement.