Rodd Wagner is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book "Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People." A contributor to Forbes, he is one of the foremost authorities on employee engagement and collaboration. Wagner's books, speeches, and thought leadership focus on how human nature affects business strategy. He currently serves as vice president of employee engagement strategy at BI Worldwide.
Wagner is a confidential advisor to senior executives on the best ways to increase their personal effectiveness and their organizations' performance. His work has taken him to a fiberglass factory in Brazil, a vehicle engineering facility in India, a paper warehouse in Poland, a home improvement store in Wales, a medical device design site in Germany, a pharmaceutical firm in Switzerland, the Pentagon, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and the attack submarine USS California.
Wagner is author (with Dr. Gale Muller) of "Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life" and author (with Dr. James K. Harter) of the book "12: The Elements of Great Managing." Wagner's books have been published in 10 languages and his work featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, ABC News Now, BusinessWeek.com, CNBC.com, and the Globe and Mail and National Post in Canada, and parodied in Dilbert.
Wagner holds an M.B.A. with honors from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business. He was formerly a principal of Gallup, the research director of the Portland Press Herald and WGME-TV in Maine, a reporter and news editor for The Salt Lake Tribune, and a radio talk show host. When not writing or consulting, he enjoys fly-fishing, snowboarding, and coaching youth lacrosse.