Wisdom Depends on Experience

OK we’ve gone a bit vid crazy the last week or so, just happens there are some excellent ones coming to our attention. Check this one out from TED Talks:

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world. This is a compelling watch, a passionate man speaking with humility and conviction. Enjoy.

The Top 10 Signs Your Employee Survey Needs to Change

This is a useful short video interview with Curt Coffman (co-author of First Break All The Rules) in which he gives ten thoughts and ideas about why your employee survey needs some attention. I particularly like tip #1 where Coffman talks about surveying the same things the same way over and over and yet expecting something different. I’m also a fan of tip #9, which makes the point that if you need to ask your employees 50 questions about how they are feeling, just how far removed, disengaged have you, the surveyer become? It’s a bit too brief in parts, but had I known about this sooner, I would have shown it to a few board directors before the ensuing battles about attitude and engagement surveys.

Engagement Revolution Evolution

David Zinger’s model for Employee Engagement is a revolution (in some ways quite literally). And now, with version 1.2 coming, it’s an evolution of a revolution. It links all the things that you would expect to see in a high performing, purposeful culture, integrated to achieve great results.

I recommend this model to anyone with even the vaguest interest in the wellbeing and success of their colleagues, customers and themselves. As the evolution evolves, I’ll put links to further developments on the blog.