How to Engage Employees - Part 3

What, in your view, would qualify as a meaningful conversation? How about these?

~ Conversations about what you hope to achieve in your life? (Your dreams)

~ Conversations about the skills you are best at and enjoy using the most? (Your strengths)

In thinking about Parts 1 and 2 of this series, where I called out Dreams and Strengths as areas for Managers to focus, it occured to me that some might snort and ask, Why?

~ Are dreams really relevant to the workplace?

and

~ Why should we focus on strengths when we really have some pressing weaknesses to shore up?

In today's disengaged workplace, I think it's clear that Managers must develop the ability to have meaningful and engaging conversations with their employees.

Idea # 3, for Managers who want to do a better job of engaging employees, is learn the power of meaningful conversations.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Mar 18, 2008

Comments

David Zinger said…
Good points!

You would think it would not be such a struggle to have meaningful conversations but I know it is. I teach Crucial Conversations a two day course and I know even after two days a number of participants will still shrink away from engaging the disengaged through conversation.
Terrence Seamon said…
David,
Why the struggle? What's holding them back from having these meaningful conversations?

PS - Maybe this would be a good topic for the EE network...

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