Mile High Employee Engagement

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As an author, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone reading your book.  The first time I witnessed this was on an airplane, when the woman sitting next to me pulled my book, Building a Magnetic Culture, out of her bag and started reading it.  Needless to say, I smiled widely.

I then asked her, “How do you like that book?”  Thankfully she said, “I love it.  It’s full of neat and new ideas that we are implementing at our company to build and foster employee engagement.”  She then asked me if I had read it and I got to say, “Yes, I have read it because I actually wrote it.”  How fun is that?  She looked at my picture on the back jacket cover and verified that I was indeed the author.  I pulled my blue pen out and signed it for her, as I have done for more than 28,000 people at conferences, management retreats, and private client events.  She was thrilled and engaged in getting personal attention and advice the entire rest of the flight.

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From Time Management To Energy Management

redbullThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Kruse, best-selling author and recognized Thought Leader in the field of Employee Engagement.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: even though my new book has the words “time management” in its title, nobody can truly “manage” time. No matter what tricks or strategies you use, you will always have the same 24 hours tomorrow that you had today. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds.

When people talk about “time management,” what they really want is to get more stuff done, with less stress, and maybe fit in a bit more leisure time, too.

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Three Myths About Employee Engagement

FactMythThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

At many of the conferences where I am a keynote speaker, I have encountered several large myths and inaccuracies purported and communicated about Employee Engagement.  It is sad to me that managers and executives may be taking errant action plan steps based upon these inaccuracies and mistruths. Hence, the purpose of this blog is to correct these myths and share the truth.

Myth #1:  70% of Workers are Disengaged.

Not true.

For some reason, over the last year numerous articles are citing that 70% of workers are disengaged, according to Gallup, which is wholly inaccurate.  The origin of this inaccuracy comes from people lumping the people in the middle category of engagement (Not Engaged and Not Disengaged) with the people in the Actively Disengaged category, despite the fact that people in those two categories have distinctly different traits, work ethics, and behaviors.  The most recent 2016 Engagement Data, reported on Gallup’s website is 32% Engaged, 51% Not Engaged or Disengaged (or what I call “Ambivalent” in my book Building a Magnetic Culture), and 17% Actively Disengaged.1
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The Language of Employee Engagement – Part 2

EEE - part2This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

There are myriad definitions of “employee engagement.”  Invariably, most of my keynote presentations and workshops begin with an exploration of the “correct” definition.  But the reality is that there isn’t a single correct definition.  Engagement encompasses a lot of attributes and characteristics.

Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to reach out to all of my LinkedIn groups and ask for the most common one-word descriptions of employee engagement.  Here are the results of the most frequently cited words, in alphabetical order:

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Tips for Awesome Onboarding

MyVeryFirstDayThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

I was recently honored to conduct a SHRM webinar sponsored by Jellyvision called The 8 Tips for Awesome Onboarding. With 5,000 registrants, it was one of the most well attended webinars in SHRM history.  I was also excited to learn that attendee feedback ranked high enough to place us in the top 5% of all webinars.  Thanks to everyone who logged in to watch!  If you missed it, you can watch the archive here.  (If you don’t have a SHRM membership, you can sign up for free.)

I thought I would share with you and your team some of the questions and answers that came at the end of the webinar:

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The Language of Employee Engagement

lingoengagementThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

Stanford professor Bernard Roth says purging two phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful in work and life.  Roth, who is also the Academic Director for Stanford’s Hasso Plattner School of Design, recently released a new book called The Achievement Habit, in which he suggests that a couple of linguistic changes can help you achieve greater success.  His suggestions and exercises are in direct parallel with the positive philosophies that are most effective when building employee engagement.

Two of the easiest vocabulary changes are as follows:

  1. Replace “but” with “and”

You might say, “I want to go out for dinner, but I have a lot of work to do.” With Roth’s insightful reasoning, you can now say, “I want to go out for dinner, and I have work to do.”
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7 Traits of Engaged and Successful Salespeople

engagedsalespeopleThis guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

During one of my 79 keynote presentations last year, I was asked to describe the most important traits of engaged and successful salespeople.  It was a great question that prompted me to interview hundreds of stellar salespeople and sales leaders over several months.

The results came back with great uniformity and centered on seven key attributes:

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