What is your 2020 vision for employee engagement?
On January 1, of 2016 we will have four years or 1460 + 1 days until the year 2020. What are you going to do during this period? I would love to offer you some pearls of wisdom but I am settling for sharing my intention for the next four years and trust it may spark your intention.
I encourage you to engage along with me, for the best is yet to be.
It is time to fulfill the perfect vision for employee engagement where engagement will benefit all. Rather than outline the perfect vision for you (as no doubt there will be many flavours, shades, and nuances), I challenge you to think:
What would you like to see for engagement in the next 4 years and what will you need to do every day to get you there?
At 61 years of age, I have decided to return to what I know and to work with it in new ways. To quote T. S. Eliot:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
For 25 years I taught Educational Psychology and Counseling Psychology at the University of Manitoba in Canada. I loved teaching. Over the past few months I have awakened from a lengthy educational slumber or hibernation. My love of teaching is not in the past tense, I still love teaching and perhaps more now than ever after a lengthy hiatus. It is time to engage fully with the teacher I already am.
Here is what you can expect from me for the next 1461 days. Teaching and lots of it. In addition, good teachers are first and foremost voracious learners.
I will work stop consuming information and replace that as learning from information. I will participate in courses and take a variety of lessons to keep the feeling of what it is like to be a learner.
I will ensure that the people I encounter become my teachers. I wrote a number of posts about what Turkey taught me about employee engagement, I will learn from my environment and context.
I have always been uneasy with the term professional speaker unless it referred to JBL, Harmon Karden or BOSE speakers and their very professional sound. I see myself more as a professional listener! Yes, I will speak, and still use the designation speaker, but I trust my talking will be infused with conversations, facilitations, and in ways that create dialogue and sparks learning.
My teaching for 25 years, for the most part, was housed in a university system. My focus was on education and counselling while my focus for the next 4 years will be more on engagement, work, management, and leadership. I enjoyed teaching at university but it is time to take more control of teaching and reach out to a broader global audience. I will move much of my teaching to online courses, global conferences, and in house education.
I will strive to bring People Artistry to my work.
I am inspired by John Steinbeck’s statement:
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
David Zinger is an employee engagement educator, speaker, and expert. He is devoting the next four years to improving employee, work, manager, and leader engagement through education!