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Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need
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Suggestions include: manage energy not engagement, deliver experiences not promises, target emotion not logic, trust conversations not surveys, seek tension not harmony, practice partnering not parenting, pull out the back story not the action plan, think sticks not carrots, meet needs not scores, and challenge beliefs not emotions. As you can clearly see many of these concepts run contrary to conventional thinking in most of the corporate world. He does a pretty good job explaining their value and the potential results of implementing them. A deeper analysis would go a long way toward convincing executives to champion this approach but even this short treatise will get people thinking in the right direction.
This book claims that a brain-based approach can be the saviour to an eternal problem although, it notes, even when companies do succeed and manage a degree of engagement, there are still problems as the employees may be engaged, motivated even, but they have no energy left for the core tasks ahead of them.
Can you win? The author says that there is something called “the engagement paradox”, meaning the more companies focus on engagement, the more disengagement they produce; most employees start out with the intention of being engaged, committed and loyal (no matter how much they’d rather win the lottery and never go back to work) but a combination of work and home-life just saps their energy. Society is running at far too high a gear.
“It's not that employees don't want to be engaged. It's not that they don't support the engagement programme. They are committed and loyal soldiers. However, in today's exhaustion era, they are simply struggling to make it to the weekend. Lacking energy, they resort to quick fixes, workarounds, and reactive fire fighting, thereby hardwiring depletion into the system. As a result, employees come to perceive engagement efforts as a management con game. We've witnessed situations where up to 50 per cent of the employee population believe no meaningful outcomes will occur as a result of the engagement survey.Read more ›
Brady focus a chapter on each of 10 leadership principles and therefore sections in this book are:
1 Manage Energy, Not Engagement
2 Deliver Experiences, Not Promises
3 Target Emotion, Not Logic
4 Trust Conversations, Not Surveys
5 Seek Tension, Not Harmony
6 Practice Partnering, Not Parenting
7 Pull Out the Backstory, Not the Action Plan
8 Think Sticks, Not Carrots
9 Meet Needs, Not Scores
10 Challenge Beliefs, Not Emotions
Appendix / Wants vs. Needs
The purpose of this book is the help manager, leaders, and shapers within any organization see improvements in employee engagement. But not just in the short term, this book will help you find lasting changes and in some ways change how you do business. But if you follow the direction the business will do better and your people will be more satisfied and balanced. Brady does this by focusing on the connection between the brain and energy within the individuals that then rolls up to teams, departments and the organization as a whole.
One of the case studies Brady serves up to us is A Tale of Two Marathons and it is his story of two different runs at the Boston Marathon.Read more ›
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The author get past the superficial and finds the core issues that drive people’s behaviour. In a nutshell, Wilson argues that creating an ideal employee experience is what drives... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenn Oke
There are a lot of leadership books out there. This one is brain-based and provides suggestions on what to do to unlock employee energy. I would highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Bruce Seifert
Beyond Engagement is a quick read with talking points and case studies at the end of each chapter. The book has a few philosophical concepts to get to workers to go beyond surface... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Liquid Frost
Brady G. Wilson has written a book about obtaining the highest quality outcomes which engages the employee and manager in a whole new relationship based on the latest brain-based... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Erika Borsos
This is one of the most practical and comprehensive books that ties the very latest research from neuroscience to creating work environments that employees will thrive in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Diane Ring
Beyond Engagement takes readers beyond the superficial, apparent leadership techniques to the deep heart of employees and followers where the resources of energy and productivity... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Craig Stephans
By: Brady G. Wilson
BPS Books Bastian Publishing Service
42 Donald Crescent, Toronto, ON M1S 1N7, Canada
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One buzzword has appeared frequently in business guidebooks I've received for review: engagement. Because authors mostly haven't defined that word, I've assumed that derives from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kevin L. Nenstiel
Through reading this you are completely engrossed and entranced by the passion that he shows in his writing. The book is down to Earth and is filled with great research throughout. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dad of Divas