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Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement: The Power and Purpose of Imagination and Free Will in the Workplace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

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    Excellent Book! Through this book, Les connect business to the

    Excellent Book! Through this book, Les connect business to the art of human relationships like nothing I have ever read. Understanding how work patterns need to be designed to optimize imagination and free will is one of the biggest management ideas to come along in a long time. Les Landes captured it brilliantly, and he's given us a way to think about people in the workplace in a powerfully different way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    We get to journey with the main character as his thinking change

    We get to journey with the main character as his thinking changes and his understanding grows about what it really takes to transform a management culture to one that truly engages people. The "mentor" in the book provides wisdom in an engaging conversational style that allowed me to evolve with each revelation. The author has a great, easy to read, style that explains complex concepts in a down-to-earth implementable way. I highly recommend it for anyone who supervises another. Delia-CollaborationSoup

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Getting to the Heart of Engagement: The Power and Purpose of Ima

    Getting to the Heart of Engagement: The Power and Purpose of Imagination and Free Will in the Workplace
    By Les Landes

    I suspect I’ve read most every book on engagement. But if I had only one to read to “get it,” Les Landes’ book would be the one. Here’s why.

    Most books on the subject say the same thing. They define engagement, summarize the studies reporting how much better engaged people perform than disengaged people and then describe techniques and tools organizations have used to improve engagement and results. There’s nothing wrong with this approach. But what I like about Getting to the Heart of Engagement is that Les explains the basics—the why behind the subject of engagement—better than others.

    I think understanding the basics— “why things work the way they do”—is the best way to equip someone to master a subject. If you understand the connection between imagination and free will or employee perceptions regarding control n the workplace, you’re more apt to be able to adjust your thinking and techniques to accommodate a wider variety of real-time situations.

    Les gets the job done using a fictional story of a thoughtful and insightful consultant who takes a human resource and communication manager on a journey of discovery. Over the course of time Tom, the manager, and David, the consultant, share their thinking about Barney the purple dinosaur, Henry David Thoreau, continuous improvement, performance development, communication and many issues in between. It’s a fun ride.

    The story Les has created is beautifully crafted. The dialogue is realistic and lessons are incredibly relevant.

    Getting to the Heart of Engagement is a fun and fast read. It will give HR and communication people an argument for recommending results-driven processes to their CEOs. And, reciprocally, it will give CEO’s an argument for recommending results-driven processes to their HR and communication people.

    Everyone wins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    To get to the heart of employee engagement, an organization must

    To get to the heart of employee engagement, an organization must capture the hearts AND minds of its people. Les Landes understands this fundamental truth and offers a provacative exploration of how to do just that by harnessing the essence of what makes us human: imagination and free will. Having worked with him over the years, I know Les never forgets that employees are people first -- people who are uniquely and beautifully equipped to take our organizations to new heights. Out of this deep capacity to honor people comes a compelling approach to the practice of employee engagement and a valuable addition to the lexicon of books on this important subject.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    A quick read which leaves some lasting insights into how human n

    A quick read which leaves some lasting insights into how human nature helps determine success in business. I highly recommend it for those who have a vision but have been frustrated with past attempts to achieve their goals.



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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    "Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement" hits upo

    "Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement" hits upon life lessons that have great application and benefit in the workplace. As organizations are challenged by complex problems and challenging situations, leaders must turn to employees for assistance and support in finding solutions. Landes spins a tale that ultimately gets at the secret of employee engagement. It is more than just asking for engagement and commitment; it's about understanding the most basic qualities of human nature in order to create the conditions that will bring out the very best in what people are designed to be.

    Building on the work of some of management's greatest thinkers, Landes makes a simple and direct point about employee engagement: unless you know how to nurture imagination and free will, then no amount of cajoling will draw the best from an organization's human capital.

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    The world┬┐s most successful brands are powered by engaged employ

    The world’s most successful brands are powered by engaged employees. But how do you get employees engaged?
    Les Landes gets to the heart of employee engagement with an insightful new way of looking at an old problem.
    The fast-paced narrative is grounded in research and theory, but presented as a story that plays out in the halls of a large corporation.
    It will change how you think about employee engagement, and provide you with practical approaches to making powerful changes in your own organization.

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