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Comment by Sybil F. Stershic on June 5, 2013 at 11:57am

I just finished reading The Engagement Equation by fellow EEN member Fraser Marlow and his BlessingWhite colleagues, Christopher Rice and Mary Ann Masarech. I've always been a fan of BlessingWhite's employee engagement model that includes individual engagement + employee contribution to the organization.

What I especially liked about the book is its practical and realistic approach to engagement for managers just getting started with engagement and those challenged with sustaining it. For example, the authors explore the "good, bad and ugly" of engagement surveys with practical options for developing and administering such surveys. They also address what's involved in measuring ROI.

The Engagement Equation is comprehensive in scope and well laid out with identified "takeaways" at the end of each chapter. I'm happy to include it in my business library and recommend it to my colleagues, clients, and workshop attendees.

Comment by Fraser Marlow on December 31, 2012 at 1:00pm

BlessingWhite is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Wiley entitled 'The Engagement Equation: Leadership Strategies for an Inspired Wor... - the book is aimed at senior leaders looking at building a culture of engagement, moving past the traditional survey cycle and making engagement part of the way work gets done... not a nice-to-have afterthought.  The book builds on 40 years of BlessingWhite research and practice.  And if you have any questions or comments - ping me!

Comment by Lodi Planting on November 22, 2011 at 4:20am

I have created a list of all the books I know about employee engagement on my new website To view this list you can surf to: . For some books I already made a review (in Dutch). You are all more then happy to add books.

Comment by Lisa Forsyth on June 20, 2011 at 5:44pm

I recently finished a second reading of Leadership and Self-Deception from The Arbinger Institute, and highly recommend it for those who find themselves frustrated by the politics or inertia within an organization, or anyone who finds their own engagement waning.  It happens to the best of us, and when it does, pick up this book, discover how your “in the box” thinking is the problem, and get out of the box!

Comment by Roy Saunderson on August 4, 2010 at 8:53am
Check out "Work Engagement: A Handbook of Essential Theory and Research"Edited by Arnold B. Bakker, Michael P. Leiter. It has some great chapters by leading academic researchers - so it provides some great theoretical models and a ton of ideas to swim your thoughts through on "work engagement" - which I think I am starting to prefer over employee engagement.

ISBN: 978-1-84169-736-9 Published this year in March 9th 2010 by Psychology Press.
Comment by Adam Hibbert on June 10, 2010 at 9:05am
btw, if anyone's aware of Heron's bio, I'd love to add him to an article I'm doing at the moment - he was Director of Labour Relations at a Californian corp in the 30s and 40s, an associate prof at Stanford, and became a bit of an engagement guru in the first flush of engagement thinking in the late 40s and 50s. He's referred to as Colonel Heron here and there, so may have learned some of his craft in the US army?

Any suggestions as to where I could track down more biog detail?
Comment by Adam Hibbert on June 9, 2010 at 10:35am
Just received my much-anticipated copy of Sharing Information with Employees, by Alexander R. Heron (1942). It's all about engaging employees, though mostly in less high-falutin' language than we're used to these days. Loving it, so far. Heron was a director of industrial relations with a Californian paper milling company in the 30s/40s, and an adjunct professor at Stanford.

Plus ca change ...
Comment by Sybil F. Stershic on June 9, 2010 at 9:39am
Just reviewed Delivering Happiness, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's new book about the company's incredible culture and brand. And I've got an extra copy that I'll be giving away. Check out the details of this book review and giveaway.
Comment by Sybil F. Stershic on April 21, 2010 at 9:40am
I'm giving away a free copy of Re-Engage by Branham & Hirschfeld. Check out the details on my April 20th blog post.
Comment by Sybil F. Stershic on April 13, 2010 at 9:47am
Re-Engage (How America's Best Places to Work Inspire Extra Effort in Extraordinary Times), the new book by Leigh Branham and Mark Hirschfeld is one I'm highly recommending to my clients and colleagues. I just posted a review of it on my blog.

I'm also adding it to my "Recommended Resources" workshop handout that also includes my book: Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most: A Guide to Employee-Cust....

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