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Rick Maurer

Sandy - Thanks for a fine post.

my own work addresses two questions: why do people support change? And, why do they resist it? So, I found your comments about assumptions especially valuable: "Armed with the assumption that low employee engagement is an employee attitude problem, the usual solution is to push more, and harder. . . " And I agree that this create an unintended consequence (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, Newton could have been writing about modern organizations)
And then you ask a critical question: "Have you ever considered that employees don’t engage with a company’s strategy because they aren’t given the opportunity to engage in, and with, the strategy in a meaningful way in the first place?" Sorry for quoting your own writing, but it is so good to read a really thoughtful post.

I find that lots of leaders nod their heads in agreement with what you or I might say and then do just the opposite. Not because they are insensitive louts, but because other forces are at play. Culture, what Kegan and Lahey call Immunity to Change, or sometimes just lack of skills.

And that many employees only APPEAR not to care while they actually really do and management just isn’t giving them a fair chance to show it?

Larry Nederlof

to have employees that work along a 100% ,
you start at their entry into the company.
Create a company where there is no : 'check your brains at the door' mentality. All people manage their environment, even hostile (abroad; not knowing the language, people manage to acquire gas for their camper during a holiday) so why should not they be able to 'manage' their workplace?
Also, get rid of the : 'need to know' adagio. So the manager does not tell the welder what he needs to know to do a good job, let the welder tell him. It requires change of mentality, and it takes years , basically examples of what you're saying. It is 2-way traffic, managers should learn to realize.


I absolutely agree with you on the point that employees are not given a fair chance to participate and then it is said that that they do not take interest in the companies strategies... I believe it is as simple as that every employee wants to grow with the company and if the company grows ultimately the employee also grows... so making such statements is irrelevant.. and hey these ideas are real cool, worth a read!!


Interesting articles, thanxs for share

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