Engagement - It's the word of the moment, isn't it. How do you engage people? I like Tom Peters' one-word answer: "Listen." As much as I like this clip from Patrick Dixon, it doesn't include that core point that Peters sees. How do you engage people? Listen to them first. Your starting point is them, not you. How are your people feeling about the recession at the moment and their job? That's your start point for engaging them. Having said that, I like this clip.
There was a survey of happiness at work. Orchestra members came second from the bottom, just above prison guards. Chamber musicians came top. What's the difference between chamber musicians and orchestra musicians?
There is a common, often 40-something, feeling of dissatisfaction among highly successful corporate leaders. It's because old-style leadership and the accumulation of power and wealth that goes with it doesn't fulfill everyone. It does some. But, increasingly, not all. And here's why:
"You can never get enough of what you don't really need."