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Why Engagement May be the Best Management Voodoo Ever

Read this article at: Three Star Leadership Blog by Wally Bock

I couldn’t have written a better article about why “employee engagement” is one step shy of being BS. Please, please read this article from Wally Bock!

As with any management fad, there are specks of truth behind the proceeds from speaking engagements, books, “tools”, and travel expenses… But the stock that companies (ie: those in leadership roles) put into “employee engagement” programs, and the way they use “disengagement” as an excuse for dwindling productivity and profits is a simply evidence that those in the top-ranking positions don’t know how to lead an engaged workforce.

My standpoint: if you have to talk about improving engagement, plan entire programs around it, brag about how your “improving” it, and then rely on it to be a key contributor to improved profits… you’re not really doing it.  Those that are don’t have to talk about it, brag about it, or cross their fingers in hope that profits improve from a program that they can’t even really measure.

Bock says in this article: “In Jacobellis v Ohio, Justice Stewart wrote that ‘hard-core pornography’ was hard to define. But, he said: ‘I know it when I see it.’ Engagement is like that.”

Whew! OK, I’m stepping down from my soapbox now. Do you have thoughts on this??

~Kristin

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  1. September 12, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for adding your rant to mine, it makes such beautiful music!

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