In the process of writing a new newsletter on the criticality of supervisors in organizations, I was looking for some statistical anchors. And while doing that, I got invited to be on the board of the IAPPD, the International Association for People and Performance Development. So, I recommended a couple of other people for them to consider for a similar slot and that got me using Bing to search for those stats — who pops up but David Zinger, one of the two people I recommended. Yeah, a small world…
And that link took me to an article that I really liked from July of 2007, one that I repost in here with a link back to his blog.
An Employee Engagement Six Pack
Are you flying with a six pack of employee engagement?
In this case, I don’t mean half a dozen beers.
The essential instruments in a light aircraft are often referred to as the 6- pack:
- airspeed indicator
- attitude indicator
- turn coordinator
- heading indicator
- vertical speed indicator
Do you monitor 6 strong “indications” of your employee engagement to get you successfully to your destination?
- Airspeed indicator – how fast can you move towards your goal?
- Attitude indicator – is everyone maintaining a strong and positive attitude and avoiding too much wobble?
- Altimeter – how high can you climb with fully engaged employees?
- Turn coordinator – are you responsive to change to turn back to employee engagement if you begin to drift off course? Can you feel exhilarated while making a steep turn?
- Heading indicator – do you stay vigilant about where you are headed?
- Vertical speed indicator – how quickly can you climb to new levels of employee engagement?
Grab a coffee, jump into the workplace cockpit, and prepare to take off with these indicators of employee engagement. Of course, you could also grab a six pack of beer or root beer and have a down-to-earth discussion about employee engagement with the team of people you work with.
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GREAT indicators! I loved it. These indicators allow you understand if your team can go through the storm. It made me think about this story.
“In 1998, a tiny 35-foot boat called the AFR Midnight Rambler accomplished an amazing feat — winning one of the toughest ocean races in the world. The Sydney to Hobart is demanding every year, but in ’98, an unexpected “weather bomb” hit the fleet, creating 80-foot waves and 100-mile-per-hour winds.
While bigger, better-equipped boats tried to maneuver around the storm, the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler chose to head directly into its path, and ultimately won the coveted Tattersall’s Cup — the smallest boat in ten years.
Here the rest of story about how they did it. You need your indicators to understand if you can do the same.