The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities

The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities

by Jim Haudan

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ISBN-13: 9781260019612
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 509,767
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jim Haudan is cofounder and CEO of the international management consultancy Root Inc. which has been named Great Place to Work® Institute’s 25 Best Small and Medium Workplaces for eight straight years, and The Wall Street Journal ranked it as a Top Small Workplace. Jim was also named Entrepreneur of the Year in Northwest Ohio in the Business Services Category.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xii
What "Engagement" Really Means     1
What Do You Mean, You Want a Hot Dog?     3
The Engaged Difference     9
The Roots of Engagement     17
The Disengagement Canyon: Voices from the Trenches     27
I Can't Be Engaged If I'm Overwhelmed     31
I Can't Be Engaged If I Don't Get It     39
I Can't Be Engaged If I'm Scared     47
I Can't Be Engaged If I Don't See the Big Picture     55
I Can't Be Engaged If It's Not Mine     63
I Can't Be Engaged If My Leaders Don't Face Reality     71
The Six Keys to Engagement     79
Key #1: Connecting through Images and Stories     83
Key #2: Creating Pictures Together     95
Key #3: Believing in Leaders     109
Key #4: Owning the Solution     121
Key #5: Playing the Entire Game     135
Key #6: Practicing before Performing     155
The Process of Strategic Engagement     165
Strategic Engagement as a Process     169
Creating a Line of Sight     179
Connecting Goals     199
Developing Capabilities     213
Conclusion: LessonsLearned     233
Sources     243
Index     244
About the Author     257

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The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Organizational leaders spend considerable time and effort carefully developing strategies to advance their corporate goals. However, they often fail to communicate these strategies compellingly to their employees - the people who must execute every step. Therefore, it is no surprise that most such strategies fail. Management consultant Jim Haudan recommends a strategy-sharing approach using visuals, metaphors and stories to engage employees. He offers tactics for getting them on board to execute your strategy and organizational directives. One negative: Many of the illustrations (reductions from original table-size artwork) are busy and even fuzzy. Some feature tiny text, which illustrates - in the breech - Haudan's point about using clear visuals to communicate and engage. Otherwise the book is superior, very insightful and nicely written. Haudan uses case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of his employee engagement process. getAbstract believes leaders can benefit from learning his tactics for communicating strategies so employees understand them, support them and actually implement them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was good but it's repackaging of what many OD and change management experts have talked about for years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For executives searching for innovative ways to execute strategy effectively, Jim Haudan's 'The Art of Engagement' is an excellent field guide for that journey. Many will want to keep it as a deskbook, especially for those dark days when strategy stalls, or never gets off the ground. Haudan offers a refreshingly practical approach to executing strategy by engaging people to think and act much differently about strategy. It is about how to use strategic conversations and visualization of systems to accelerate strategy execution through people. Loaded with innovative ideas and lessons learned from Haudan's 20 years of helping executives in some of the world's largest companies bring their strategies to life, the book also offers readers an opportunity to test some of Haudan's proven methods through free downloads of strategic learning applications discussed in the book. Here is a caveat: Don't buy this book if you think you can execute strategy despite your people, and not through them. Quite frankly, it will waste your time. But if you want to learn about proven methods to engage the hearts and minds of your leaders, managers and front line to execute a shared mental model of strategy, then grab a bunch of copies for your team and test the concepts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for those people who truly do not understand business and how things should be done.