Employee Engagement: Is Work Working (Tony Schwartz)?

Book Review: The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

Tony Schwartz along with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy recently published The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance.

One of my favorite books of all time relating to personal and work engagement was The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. This new book written by Schwartz and 2 new partners builds, extends, and modifies some of the earlier perspectives.

I encourage anyone interested in enhancing their own employee engagement to read this book and follow the recommendations.

The structure of the books is based on 4 core working needs or sources of energy:

  1. Sustainability – Being able to renew and take care of yourself so that you are healthy, fit, and resilient.
  2. Security – Feeling appreciated, cared for, valued for who you are and what you do.
  3. Self-Expression – Freedom to express your unique skills and talents
  4. Significance – A sense of meaning or what you stand for and believe in.

Here are 5 sample nuggets from the book:

Rather than trying to get more out of people, organizations are better served by investing more in them and meeting their multidimensional needs in order to fuel greater engagement and more sustainable high performance.

We must learn to embrace opposites. By celebrating one set of qualities and undervaluing another – courage or prudence, confidence of humility, tenacity or flexibility – we lost access to essential dimensions of ourselves and others.

Research suggests that we have one reservoir of will and discipline and it gets progressively depleted by each act of conscious will.

We can develop the capacity to influence the stories we tell ourselves, so that they empower rather than undermine us.

Most people focus better when they’re given more freedom to choose where and when they do their work and are held accountable only for the value they deliver.

Read the book to learn a lot more about work and working to get work working for you.

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David Zinger, M.Ed., is an employee engagement writer, educator, speaker, coach, and consultant. David founded and moderates the 2500+ member Employee Engagement Network. His personal website offers 1000 posts/articles relating to employee engagement and reached over 1,000,000 page views in under 4 months in 2010. David is involved in the application of Enterprise 2.0 approaches to engagement and the precursor, creating engaging approaches to communication, collaboration, and community within Enterprise 2.0.

Connect with David Zinger today for education, speaking, and coaching on engagement.

Email: [email protected] Phone 204 254 2130 Website: www.davidzinger.com

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