Monthly Archives: February 2007

Employee Engagement: Think-It!

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They vastness between engagement and disengagement:

Work generally takes up a third of the time available for living. Work is a strange experience: it provides some of the most intense and satisfying moments, it gives a sense of pride and identity, yet it is something most of us are glad to avoid…84 percent of American men and 77 percent of women say they would continue to work even if they inherited enough money so they no longer needed a job…when people are signaled at work they endorse the item “I wish I was doing something else” more than at any other time of the day.

From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life,

Chapter 4 – The Paradox of Work.

What do you think?

Employee Engagement: Monday Morning Percolator #2

A PROMISE MADE…

A promise made is a debt unpaid.  ~Robert Service

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Perhaps you participated in a values clarification exercise or you tried to apply your organizational values. Maybe you created a lengthy list of your personal values. After you played the training game, studied the organizational values or wrote your list — what did you do then? For many people this was where a focus on values both started and stopped.

Get value from personal values by transforming them into promises.

I just finished reading Mike Morrison’s: The Other Side of the Card: Where Your Authentic Leadership Story Begins. It is a short yet excellent book. I found the book fully engaging.

Here is a testimony to how engaging the book was —I was reading it on a plane coming home. The plane landed — you know the drill — everyone leaps up and waits to get off.  I was one of the last people off of the plane even though I was sitting near the front because I was so engrossed in the book I didn’t realize everyone had exited. I was still flying with the concepts from Mike Mossison’s book.

I highly recommend Mike’s book. One section that really stuck with me was to recast values as promises. Morrison said: Personal values are the promises we make to ourselves and others.

I encourage you to reflect on your values. Once you are clear on a few key personal values change the word value into promise. Do you keep your promises?

Here is my promise:

I promise to engage in work and connect with others as I ignite engagement and connection in them.

Get engaged:

  1. Read Mike Morrison’s book and learn to leverage the other side of your business card.
  2. Be a card. Flip over a business card and use the “white space” on the back of the card to write out your most important promise. Make it your business to value your promises and promise your values.
  3. If you are a leader, I highly recommend visiting The Other Side of The Card website and requesting the free download on Icebreakers and Exercises Mike offers as a guide for leaders at all levels.

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.  ~Hannah Arendt