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The Engagement Equation: Leadership Strategies for an Inspired Workforce Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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You don't need to see any metrics to know whether your employees are engaged. You can feel it the moment you walk into your office, your store, or your worksite. Eventually, a general malaise and complacency can creep into your bottom line through slower time-to-market, lower productivity, rising absenteeism, and even increased accidents. But every organization that is willing to make a commitment can turn it around. When you buildand sustaina culture of high engagement, you'll create the strongest competitive advantage you have.
Full employee engagement represents an alignment of maximum satisfaction for the individual with maximum contribution for the organization. The Engagement Equation explains the drivers of employee engagement, and how you can use improved engagement to execute strategy, reduce costs, and meet your organizational goals.
Through pragmatic advice drawn from working hands-on in developing professionals around the world, you'll learn how to:
- Plan and execute a sustainable organization-wide engagement initiative
- Turn employee engagement into a shared responsibility and daily priority
- Take control of your own engagement so that you can inspire others
- Open communication channels between managers and employees
- Build a culture to fuel engagement, and then protect it fiercely
Turning the tide on employee engagement won't be easy. But if you're willing to commit, The Engagement Equation shows you the way.
From the Back Cover
"A thorough and helpful review of what engagement really means, how it evolves, and the leadership that it requires, written in clear and practical terms by three highly experienced consultants."
ROB GOFFEE, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
"This book is full of insights and actions appropriate for today's generation of work and workers. It strongly advances the fundamental ideas upon which Buck and I founded BlessingWhite. Thanks for writing so clearly about the why and how-to of the engagement equation."
TOD WHITE, PHD, cofounder, BlessingWhite, Inc.
"Employee engagement is a global business strategy. Companies throughout the GCC and Middle East will benefit from the innovative ideas described in this book."
SALEH HUSSIN FADAQ, Director of Capital Development Center, Abu Dhabi Judicial Department
"BlessingWhite's book on employee engagement provides practical guidance and tips for organizations to incorporate into their talent management strategies. With this research, companies can move beyond simply measuring engagement. It will help them better align employees with management's goals and improve communication throughout the company. These all contribute to higher levels of business performance."
DAVE DeFILIPPO, Chief Learning Officer, BNY Mellon Asset Management
"We are all about creative business ideas, and great ideas come from fully engaged people. This is a practical and readable guide that will help executives understand a sometimes elusive topic: how to create a culture of engagement to deliver superior business results."
DONNA MURPHY, Global Chief Executive Officer, Havas Worldwide Health
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Within the first chapter, of The Engagement Equation, the authors connected with me and I felt like they were talking with me, not to me. As they went through the process of teaching me about employee and employer engagement, I constantly related it to my own experience. I always had to ask myself how my experience at a former job may have been better if that former company had fully employed engagement management and techniques. I related what I was reading to my real world.
At some point, the text took me beyond that level of personal involvement and I started to relate how I would have been a better employee and manager had I been more engaged and I recognized at least a couple of employers where I had no chance of personal engagement. Had I read this book many years ago, I would have been both a better employee at times and a better manager at times.
The book is well written, easy to grasp and uses a nice set of formatting and content devices to improve its ability to teach. I recommend this title to any company, manager or would-be manager seeking to create a better employer-employee relationship or improve one that is already working well.
Author-Running for My Life, Winning for CMT
I am hoping that books specifically related to "smaller businesses" and specifically for Managers and Individuals are not far behind.
I do plan to put this on our company "read" list.
What I didn't like is that the authors only took leaders of organizations into consideration when writing this book. It contains several ideas to ponder and reflect on, but none of these ideas are really aimed at managers, who usually are the people who the change project gets dumped on.
In short, if you're leading the empowerment effort of your organization, this is probably the best book to read! If your an employee or manager in an organization that is about to embark on the journey of empowerment ... don't bother.