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Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (Aug): 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 book is certainly no exception and I encourage you to study and apply Getting Results the Agile Way to enhance your employee engagement and work results.

Here is a list of the books key chapters:

  • Chapter 1 – Why Agile Results
  • Chapter 2 – Agile Results Overview
  • Chapter 3 – Values, Principles, and Practices
  • Chapter 4 – Hot Spots
  • Chapter 5 – Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection
  • Chapter 6 – Design Your Day
  • Chapter 7 – Design Your Week
  • Chapter 8 – Design Your Month
  • Chapter 9 – Design Your Year
  • Chapter 10 – Results Frame, Personas, and Pitfalls
  • Chapter 11 – 25 Keys to Results
  • Chapter 12 – 25 Strategies for Results
  • Chapter 13 – Motivation
  • Chapter 14 – Mindsets and Metaphors

3 Power. Overall the book offers stories, scenario-driven results, and timeboxing, to improve your productivity, master your time management, and achieve work-life balance. Readers are encouraged to apply the power of 3 for simplicity, structure, and success. We feel so overloaded that 3 stories for the day or 3 tasks for the year gives us great focus. I have always appreciated the use of 3 and have a 3 word theme each year. This year my 3 word theme is: Engage, Mobilize, and Produce.

Boundaries. J.D. encourages us to set boundaries on our work. Here is a sample snippet from an online version of the book:

Boundaries are simply minimums and maximums. Setting boundaries is a key to success. You’ll produce more effective results by spending the right time and energy on the right things. You can set boundaries with time; for example, tell yourself, “I’ll spend no more than an hour on that.” You can set boundaries in terms of energy; for example, tell yourself, “I’ll stop when I start to feel tired.” Most people trip up by not setting boundaries. They’ll work on something until they crash. They throw all their time in one area at the expense of other areas. Setting boundaries is how you can add balance to your life. You can spread your time and energy across the important Hot Spots.

I find setting boundaries a very helpful tool. It helps me get working on a task without it feeling overwhelming. For example, I set a boundary of 45 minutes to write and revise this review before I started and this eliminated any procrastination or dithering about this task.

Get Agile. Get Results. The key to achieving great results is learning and responding to change. Existing methods of planning and goal setting are heavy and static, and they just aren’t working anymore. Agile Results provides fresh starts for your work. I encourage you to start this September by applying the wisdom J. D. Meier offers in his book packed with practical strategies, tactics, and tools. I have read the book once and I plan to keep coming back to it over the next year to distill and practice getting results with great agility. I feel very confident that practicing Getting Results the Agile Way would be a huge step to enhancing employee engagement for anyone!


David Zinger, M.Ed., works with organizations and individuals to foster engagement.  He is a writer, educator, speaker, and consultant who founded the 2880 member Employee Engagement Network. David’s new book, Zengage: How to Get More Into Your Work to Get More Out of Your Work will be released September 9th.  David’s website offers 1100 free posts/articles on the engagement. David is committed to fostering a movement to increase employee engagement 20% by 2020.

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  1. David!
    I am happy JD’s work is catching fire. I was applying his insights, patterns, and practices for few years now and the results are astonishing. I spend more time with my family and friends, I went through ton of expereicnes like swithcing jobs, places, even countries, I lost weight, I made more firends, I found new angles to look at things to enjoy it more.
    Great stuff

  2. I’m a *huge* fan of Getting Results. I began implementing the system last December so I could hit the ground running in 2010–& I’m still sprinting my way to success. I had a successful career prior to Getting Results, but a big part of my formula was throwing an incredible amount of time at problems. I invite you to check out 30 Days of Getting Results by reading this post: “Day 27 – Do Something Great”,

  3. Totally agree with you David. J.D. has the great gift of being able to distill some key high-level concepts for personal productivity (always focusing on results, not “widget churning” as David Allen calls it) and then articulate them in a way that is directly implementable. What’s also great with his book is that you don’t have to start from chapter one and work you way through till the end. You can cherry pick, focus on where you think you’ll gain more and then come back. His blog is one of the few I still follow.

  4. Looks like lots of people have benefit from the tools and tactics that J.D. talks about. Keep getting results everyone.

  5. Choosing one method of productivity can actually hinder you if you don’t implement it correctly, so it is always good have more resources like this to pick and choose from until you find what is right for you.
    Good work J.D – keep it up :O)

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