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Employee Engagement: Better Than Great, Good

Employee engagement needs more good work.

My eight word definition is: good work done well with others every day.

I was watching a Sherlock Holmes TV show when Sherlock’s brother said, “Sherlock is better than great, he is good.”

I thought that statement summed up where we need to go with organizations, leadership, work, and engagement.

On July 4th., I received an email from Bernadette Jiwa from the Story of Telling. She said it so well that I believe it deserves repeating:

We frequently witness similar missteps like the Volkswagen emissions scandal and United Airlines passenger abuse in companies that are striving for our current narrow definition of greatness. In our Western world of abundance and privilege greatness is a game of comparison that drives us to achieve more. Bigger wins, more sales, rising revenue, increased market share, growth, scale, power and influence. Permanently higher highs that inevitably end in compromise. We have created a culture where we’re not winning unless someone else is less than or losing. It’s time for a change. While it seems like a daunting task, it’s possible for us as individuals to redefine greatness by changing how we measure success—by replacing our winner-takes-all worldview with one that requires us to question if we’re doing work we’re proud of.

Are you doing good work? Are you doing it on purpose? Are you doing it every day?

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