David Zinger is always good for inspiration (and a chuckle). Check out his new (free) collaborative ebook from the Employee Engagement Network titled, "Small Engagements." It is filled with 70 ideas you can implement today, and/or notions that might inspire how you operate every day.
My favorites from the e-book?
#6 by Sandy Wilkie:
Create an organisational seed-fund that individuals/teams can access with bids for money to support the set-up & implementation of improvement ideas & innovation. Engagement through harnessing ideas and creativity within the organisation.
#12 by Michael Lee Stallard:
Be present to connect in conversations – It’s been said that attention is oxygen for relationships. When meeting with people, get in the habit of being present by staying focused on them and giving them your full attention. Don’t check your smart phone, don’t look at your watch, don’t look around the room or let your mind wander.
#13 by Terrance Seamon:
#16 by Kendra Marks:
Smile and have fun! Find time to add a bit of humor into someone else’s day and your own. It relieves stress and energizes yourself and those around you.
#19 Les Landes
Apply the lessons from the landmark research done by Ken Kovach at George Mason University. He asked thousands of workers in different organizations what the main drivers were for their discretionary effort (i.e. going the extra mile). The top three things employees identified were interesting work, appreciation of work done, and being in on information - which cost the company very little.
#21 by Anthony Shearn:
Ask "If you knew you would get the support and the resources you need, what do you think is the very best thing you personally could do for the business right now?"
#28 by Carl a Donato Jr.:
Power of one - engage one associate per day and watch them pay it forward.
#46 by Steve Brown:
Today, make it a point to ask three members of your team for their advice on an issue of significance. Start with a very simple, "I need your help with something..." and then listen intently, take notes, clarify what you heard and thank them for their thoughts. Close the loop by acting on their input in some way, large or small.
#52 by John Hallonquist:
With new team members or new teams, start a conversation or one-on-one meeting with, "how do you know when you are having a good day?"
#57 by Cord Himelstern:
Make it personal. Take the time to listen and understand what inspires your employees.
#59 by Jennifer O'Halloran:
Let others in, engagement breeds engagement.
#76 by David Zinger:
Just add spice.I start my day off with a small Spice Girl’s number by asking myself and others, "so tell me what you want, what you really really want. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want..."
------------ Talk Back ---------------
What is your favorite from the book?
I like to view this work through a 21st Century lens. One that reflects
- An often global and physically dispersed workforce.
- The end of "listen or read-only" broadcasting: All communication is a two-way street.
- The move away from command and control, where everything must be managed by a manager -- to a collaborative knowledge workforce quite capable of coming up with brilliant ideas and putting the ideas into action. The leader's role is often to get that ball focused, and rolling.
PS: I am not a cat person. I don't have anything against cat people. Just had to come clean. The book was good enough, in my dog-centric opinion, to overlook the cover art!
-- Polly Pearson