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What Being Kidnapped as a Child Taught Me about Culture

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Recently, the famous dictionary producer Merriam-Webster named culture as the “Word of the Year.” I am sure most experts on Employee Engagement were not surprised by Merriam-Webster’s choice. Indeed, legendary management expert Peter Drucker was one of the first to get it right years ago when he coined the phrase, “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” While Drucker first said this decades ago, the words still ring very true in today’s business environment and workplace landscape. His seminal point in making this statement was that all of a company’s efforts on strategy will fall flat if the company culture ...

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Reflecting on Employee Engagement

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When was the last time you looked in the Mirror of Engagement? As in, when was the last time you explored how engaged you are at work? If you are like most people, not for a while or often enough. With 60% of the global workforce not engaged or disengaged, it is extremely important to explore the reasons why the majority of employees are in the “blah” uninspiring middle category—the costly area of ambivalence. After nearly 30 years of consulting organizations about employee engagement, I have identified two definitive reasons why such a large percentage of the workforce is ambivalent. ...