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Five Career Lessons from The Wizard of Oz

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 21 2016 | In Engagement, Musings
One of my favorite childhood films, The Wizard of Oz, offers many wonderful life lessons.  As a devotee of professional development as well as the film, here are several of my favorite career take-aways from Oz. 1. Seeking Your Dream Job in the Emerald City While the term “career...

The Market’s Impact on Employee Engagement

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 14 2016 | In Engagement
How does the economy affect the practice of employee engagement? In times of low unemployment when there is strong competition for qualified people to fill positions, organizations scramble to find and keep good employees. Strategic recruitment and retention take center stage in...

Favorite Quotes on Why Employee Engagement is Still a Challenge

Posted by sybil | On: Jun 07 2016 | In Engagement
“Employers, challenged by globalization, low productivity, wage pressure and talent shortages are not investing in people as they once did. They have gone from a traditional role of being builders of talent to consumers of work.” Jonas Prising, Human Age 2.0: Future...

Revisiting the Old “New Different” for Marketers

Posted by sybil | On: May 10 2016 | In Marketing
It’s been nearly seven years since I featured excerpts from Chris Bonney‘s white paper, The View from the Front, about adapting to the recession in my post, Help For Marketers Dealing with the “New Different.” Back then … What’s amazing to me...

“Hoping to Help” – Lessons in Global Health Volunteering

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 19 2016 | In Engagement, Training & Development
Whether providing relief after a natural disaster or rendering humanitarian aid to countries in need, we’re familiar with the importance of international medical missions. The inspirational stories told by returning volunteers describe the desperate and challenging needs of...

Favorite Volunteer Quotes

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 05 2016 | In Engagement
While anytime is a good time to acknowledge volunteers for their dedication to helping others, National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, provides a special opportunity to celebrate their efforts. In support of National Volunteer Week, here are my favorite quotes on the tremendous...

What’s the Matter with Management? It’s Not What You Think

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 22 2016 | In Engagement, Training & Development
Actually, the question should be “What’s the matter with managing?” as I’m hearing from more colleagues who tell me they still love their work, but they dislike the managing people part. I shared my concern about this with Mary Theresa Taglang (MT), who has...

What’s So Funny About Employee Engagement?

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 08 2016 | In Engagement
Plenty, if you’re cynical about it. And such cynicism is not surprising given how many employees endure lame attempts to improve engagement. For example: Providing a special lunch for employees as a token employee appreciation event. Conducting periodic employee engagement...

Companies Get Lucky (?) with Partial Engagement

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 16 2016 | In Customer service, Engagement
“I love working with my customers. They’re what keep me engaged. Can’t say I feel the same about the company I work for.” “I’m upset by the lack of professionalism in my office. Co-workers dress sloppily. They curse in the office and don’t...

There’s No “Me” in Leadership

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 02 2016 | In Engagement
I spoke recently with a colleague about the organizational damage done by CEOs whose egos outweigh their management and people skills. Rather than creating a legacy of their greatness, these executives often leave a toxic workplace in their wake. “If a leader with a big ego...