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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.
Recent Activity
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 yesterday 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 3 days ago at Zane Safrit
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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 5 days ago 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
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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
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If you want to boost your employee's engagement then engage more often with them than you engage with your digital devices. That’s right. Close your laptop, your desktop, your smart phone, put down your pen and open your ears. Look... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Zane Safrit
This week will be marked by long gray days of boredom and repitition interrupted with acts of sabotage and a few brief shining moments. Most of this will go unrecognized, the good and the bad. It's just easier to digest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Zane Safrit
I woke up the other morning with this song in my head. It's a nice song, easy to sing along with so I did that morning. And as I read all the posts about employee engagement this song played in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Zane Safrit
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Some books we read and enjoy, put them aside and move on. They're something more than empty calories but we can't remember what or why. The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs by Dr. Marcia Reynolds is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Recently I began wondering if those involved in creating Employee Engagement Strategies had issues with impulse-control. Well, at first, I didn’t articulate it so clearly. But it seemed obvious that too many of these ‘strategies’ were designed to cross off... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Matthew E. May posted recently at HBR: The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out. At the time I read it I was fixing my second double espresso for the morning and grumbling in my head about employee engagement and what’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Zane Safrit
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Every so often a book arrives that ... what ... encapsulates, articulates, weaves together loose threads, little whispers or lines of intuition that float through our brains. Okay, well, this happens for me. And it happened again the other day... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Zane Safrit
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First off, thank you to the four cities ( Moline and Rock Island, IL and Bettendorf and Davenport, IA) and their hundreds of volunteers and police officers and and musicians and supporters lining the route of this year's Quad-Cities Marathon.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Zane Safrit
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Judging from all the employee engagement experts you need to be a rocket scientist to inspire engaged employees. But, that’s okay because it's easy, fun and affordable to be an Employee Engagement Rocket Scientist. If you’re upgrading the tools and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Zane Safrit
“ We’ve been in business for 85 years and my mom and dad started the business with a root beer stand. And one day the first month dad had four or five employees and one of them didn’t show up.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Zane Safrit
Three years ago, Harvard Business School asked thousands of its graduates, many of whom are leaders of America’s top companies, where their firms had decided to locate jobs in the previous year. The responses led the researchers to declare a... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 18, 2014 at Zane Safrit
We’ve been lied to. We’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that employee engagement matters. Moreover, that it is our moral obligation to manufacture engaged employees. The simple truth is… engagement is a nice to have, NOT... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2014 at Zane Safrit