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Leadership Tips: Engage By Doing

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“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” – Dale Carnegie

How engaged are you feeling this Monday? With your job? With your company?

The statistics aren’t looking good for how the majority of people would answer that. A lot of doom and gloom. Very few rainbows.

Here are some recent news flashes about engagement:

    • 35% of US Managers are engaged in their jobs via Gallup State of the American Manager

    • 54%of employees were proud of their company’s contributions to society are engaged via Dale Carnegie Employee Engagement Study

    • 60% of employees lack the elements required to be highly engaged via Towers Watson 2014 Global Workforce Study

To me, it is quite depressing to think more than half of US managers wake up every Monday not engaged.

So what do we do about it?

Well, engagement requires engagement. There’s a lot of doing required — transforming this huge, complex topic into something tangible that we can act on. It won’t happen as a result of offering extravagant perks, but comes through reinforcing each and every connection within an organization.

This week’s tip is to engage. Reinforce connections with yourself, your team, and your organization. Have a deep conversation. Be more real. Show up in your truest form.

There are so many ways to “do” engagement. And now, it is your turn to begin.


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