Engagement and Motivation – a Management Competency Checklist

After posting up a blog about the irony of actually celebrating a single day called National Employee Appreciation Daythink about that or check out my blog post — I was thinking about how we manage managers and the reality that they pretty much do what they think is expected of them. It relates to all that “expect what you inspect” kind of thinking and relates to what they see as the organizational culture.

Few cultures actually seem to really value employee engagement and involvement, based on the research by so many different organizations. (That blog also has a graph of the Gallup data on engagement and the reality of why engagement might be up a percent or so.)

SO, I thought to put up a tool that organizations can use to evaluate management competencies and the direct links to people and performance.

It looks like this:

Engagement and Motivation should occur evert day - a Square Wheels poster

If you need this baby for your organization, please simply print and use.

(Addendum: Looking at this post-press, I thought maybe I should have titled this “Moron Engagement and Motivation: A Management Competency Checklist” but then I do not want to demean those people who are actually mentally challenged. This is not a capability problem for managers but an issue of choice, behavior and leadership. We apparently are choosing not to involve and engage and motivate people — the stories around this workplace reality are often hard to believe…)

If you put a gun to their heads, they COULD do things differently. It is not even a skills issue needing training…

We CAN expect what we inspect and we sure ought to be inspecting more of our supervisors and managers on their engagement and motivation skills, on what they do every day to help your organization optimize its performance.

If you are looking for a wonderful team building exercise that focuses on issues of motivation, alignment, collaboration and communications, check out my most excellent game called The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. It is a powerful tool for organizational improvement and optimizing performance.

The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine teambuilding game information

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Scott Simmerman 2014 butterflyDr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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