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Zane Safrit
I can help your company create customer evangelists, engaged employees and sustain or increase the positive cash-flows that result.
Interests: Small business solutions, networking in-person or with online social media, innovation, engaged employees, customer evangelists, college basketball, running.
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Okay. Feel free to copy and paste, share it around the world. Listen close. Here it is: Did you like it? Did you get it? There is no secret to employee engagement, not even a decoder ring or a secret... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Zane Safrit
In 2012, economists at the International Monetary Fund analyzed data across years and countries and concluded that in some countries, including America, the financial sector had grown so large that it was slowing economic growth. Using a different methodology, the... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Zane Safrit
I agree. But, it seems like 'anonymous' reviews and surveys and employee suggestion boxes are considered useful. I saw one post that recommended anonymous suggestions as part of a transparent culture. No. Seriously. I thought I bookmarked it, but I can't find it.
Paul Keegan writes good stuff about Employee Engagement at Inc. He recently offered the 5 New Rules of Employee Engagement. Of the 5 rules, I liked Rule 5 the most. Rule 5: Actually, Don't Worry About Engagement "Surveys are fine,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Zane Safrit
C’mon. Is it? There’s a religious fervor to more and more of the writings about employee engagement. It's becoming an echo-chamber of the true believers. Group members shout slogans and quotes at each other, silent cheers and unseen rising fists... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Awright, enough about college ... football. Let’s talk about college basketball, you know the sport with a real playoff system, one that goes beyond a mere two games. Yawn. FINAL FOUR - if it was held this weekend. Kentucky. They... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Google Admits [You] Wasted [Your] Money On More than 50% of Internet Ads. Google announced that 56.1% of ads served on the internet are never even “in view”—defined as being on screen for one second or more. The web metrics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Zane Safrit
I've been muttering, wondering, doing a little writing too about employee engagement and searching for a different perspective with a different lexicon. ( I like the word lexicon over its alternative: vocabulary. Indulge me. ) I've written about it here... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Zane Safrit
The season’s not even three weeks old and already it’s excellent. Good games are happening every week, sometimes every night, sometimes more than once a night. Here we go with this week’s Final Four if the Final Four happened this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Zane Safrit
The conversation on Employee Engagement has matured, or soured, to now include more subtle methods to harness a more engaged workforce. I wrote recently that Employee Engagement needs a better lexicon. Here's a precious example. As we have discussed previously,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Zane Safrit
via Ever wonder why employee engagement remains unchanged over the past decade? I imagine it's unchanged over the last two decades but there are no charts to show that, no research reports or annual state of the workforce reports... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 24, 2014 at Zane Safrit
If the men’s NCAA Final Four were held this weekend, here are its four teams. Kentucky Duke Arizona Wisconsin No change from Week 1. CHAMPION Kentucky. Last week I chose Wisconsin to win over Kentucky in the Championship Game. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Zane Safrit
William McGee, of the Consumers Union, warned that “a clash of corporate cultures is virtually guaranteed, particularly after layoffs. These sterile corporate terms—downsizing, right-sizing, outsourcing, offshoring, furloughing—really mean two workforces will experience more trauma and jockeying for position on blended... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 21, 2014 at Zane Safrit
You can either: Meet about employees’ engagement or meet with employees, engaging them in a conversation; Make it HR’s exclusive domain or invite everyone to make it theirs; Survey employees or listen to your employees in person, face-to-face; Issue mandates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Zane Safrit
I liked this book, a lot. I liked it so much I wanted to have its author, Mindy Hall PhD, be a guest on my radio show. She agreed. We’re talking on Friday, November 21 at 1:00 P.M. Central. Come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Finally. After seven and a half months ... the college basketball season starts tonight. A full slate of games are scheduled for ESPN, CBS Sports Channel, etc. Except for the weather, the next five months are the best. Last year’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Employee engagement surveys are all the rage now. Everybody's doing it. But there's bureaucracy involved in that. Somebody else owns it, prepares the questions, decides when and how to issue it, report its results, organize follow-up. Now, you're six months... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Zane Safrit
What would I be doing ... if I had the time and resources ? I’d run across country with my nieces and nephews and friends running, riding, along with me. I asked myself that question last week. I was out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Zane Safrit
UNION 2014 - AOTY video from Bolts and Gears on Vimeo. Paul Hebert shared this on his always excellent blog along with some an excellent Dilbert cartoon. You should check it out for that and check out his tweets at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Like a moth to a flame, I watched last night's election coverage. Not late, just late enough to realize we're engaging in the wrong conversation. The right conversation would be about solutions, about challenges and opportunities and who's ideas and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Stephen Lynch, COO of Resultsdotcom, award-winning author of Business Execution for Results, posted this question back in September, when I missed it. But reposting it on Google+ this past week started the wheels turning. Here's what came out. How Much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Zane Safrit
No matter what level of leader I am working with or what part of the world I am working in, once leaders beging to intentionally choose who they want to be and the impact they want to have, their effectiveness... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Zane Safrit
There's a school of philosophy that holds Big R Reality can be gained by understanding what it is not. A Seeker's inquiry is organized to peel away the layers of maya, of illusion, created by pragyapradh, a mind too focused... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Last week, I offered the current five-day forecast for Employee Engagement. It was bleak. But, that’s the reality of employee engagement when you get past the party balloons and favors, donuts and slogans, that maquerade as strategy and tactics. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Zane Safrit
In the workplace, automation’s focus on enhancing speed and efficiency - a focus determined by the profit motive rather than by any particular concern for people’s well-being - often has the effect of removing complexity from jobs, diminishing the challenge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Zane Safrit