A friend of mine told me he heard a speech recently by a Ph. D. in physics. This man earned his degree about 20 years ago. He made this statement: “More than half of the correct answers I gave on my finals 20 years ago are no longer valid. What we have learned in science in the past 20 years have yielded new truths that didn’t exist 20 years ago.”
We get it in science, but we don’t get it with people. We need to change and build upon what we now know about people to foster engagement in the workplace.
What is true today? Motivation – therefore engagement – comes from loving what you do. You love what you do when you’re in the right position and growing.
David Ogilvy said: “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people bigger than we are, [we] will become a company of giants.”
People want to achieve at their highest level of potential. They want to be seen in the best light. They want to be fully engaged. Your people are your most valuable asset and therefore your responsibility. Help them love what they do, and they are yours – fully engaged.