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Lisa Forsyth
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Who are you?
I was born in the small coal-mining town of Greymouth, on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand, where I enjoyed all the comforts of coal heat—if the fire went out, there was none. I bathed in my very own tub of HOT water, and learned I spoke funny, after immigrating to the U.S at the age of seven.

My interest in technology, and the web in particular, started while pursuing a Master’s degree in English and Film at the University of Florida. The English Department received a grant to establish computer-based writing labs, and I taught experimental writing courses that examined how different technologies transformed the way students wrote and communicated with one another. I was on the path to a Ph.D. with the assumption I would become professor of film theory someday somewhere, but my experience in the classroom sparked my curiosity about how the web was transforming the way we interacted with one another more than anything I was actually studying, so I made the decision to leave with my Masters and see where this interest took me (this was back in 1994, when the web was still nascent). I started a career in web development and moved from designer, to engineer, to program manager before taking on a management role. My move from developing solutions to managing them allowed me to experience the joy of bringing people together, opening their minds to new possibilities, and helping them realize their full potential while working towards a common goal. This was something I hadn’t experienced since teaching at UF--it was something I didn’t know was missing until I felt it again, but once I did, I wanted in! I moved from managing solutions to managing the people who manage and develop them, to managing the managers of those people, and it has been a fun, exciting, enriching, and wild journey ever since.

I am currently the Director of Application Engineering at msnbc.com--my department’s mission is to develop, deliver, and evolve high quality products and solutions that advance msnbc.com's strategic priorities and company-wide goals. With a continuous focus on improving quality—from the quality of our interactions, connections, and communications, to the quality of the deliverables we produce--we deliver desktop and device news experiences that differentiate msnbc.com from our competitors.
What is your interest or involvement in employee engagement?
I am interested in all facets of Employee Engagement and am hoping to develop our team into one that becomes a model for engagement—a model formed through mutual commitment and trial and error, but one that hopefully produces some repeatable ways to build and sustain engagement that can be shared across an organization that has some of the mechanisms for it in place.

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Ch-ch-changes! Ten Tips for Keeping Employees Engaged During Them

1. Plan Ahead

It’s not uncommon for those of us who manage from the middle to find that the planning, execution, and pace of communication around organizational change is outside the scope of our control. But we can still plan ahead. We can focus our planning efforts on the people we support--think about what the change means on an individual level, how you want each person to feel about the change, their differences in work and communication styles, and prepare to pull each… Continue

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 2:12pm — 1 Comment

Alphabet Soup: Employee Engagement from A-Z

I don’t claim to be an expert on Employee Engagement, but I couldn’t resist using David Zinger’s invitation for submissions of an alphabet with the keys to engagement as an opportunity to capture what I have learned so far. These “keys” are a combination of things I have discovered through my own experiences, what I have learned from different management and leadership books, (just finished:… Continue

Posted on April 7, 2008 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Article on Social Aspects of Peer Code Reviews Posted

I recently posted a review of Jason Cohen’s Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review. What does this have to do with Employee Engagement? Read on…



The prospect of my team tripling in size in a four month timeframe got me thinking about how to maximize the benefit of the code reviews we were conducting…Time was not on my side of course (is it ever?), and reading the book kept falling behind other priorities—we were already doing code reviews, after all, so I could sleep at… Continue

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 11:21pm

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At 6:54am on February 12, 2014, Christopher Benson said…

Hello baby
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At 9:52am on June 23, 2011, Christi Gibson said…

Hi Lisa,

It's great that you joined the Employee Recognition group.  Do add to our discussions often!

The more we contribute the stronger we grow.

Talk to you soon,

Christi

At 4:55pm on November 3, 2008, David Zinger said…
Lisa,
It is wonderful to have you on board the 10 book. We will do some sorting and sorting out early next week.
David
At 9:32pm on June 30, 2008, Nick McCormick said…
Thanks for the welcome Lisa, and for the kind words about Lead Well and Prosper. Looking forward to engaging!
At 10:41am on May 8, 2008, David Zinger said…
Lisa,
The ebook is done. If you email me at dzinger@shaw.ca I can send you a copy in advance or it will come out tomorrow.
David
At 10:53am on April 29, 2008, Phil Haussler said…
Enjoyed your Alphabet Soup, Lisa. Loved balance, humor and especially wonder. Loved your link to the 'Think Like a Kid' post.

Reminded me a bit of "the dee dah day dance" John Orteberg talks about.
At 2:28pm on April 13, 2008, Terrence Seamon said…
Lisa,
Welcome to the Manager Tools group. Glad you decided to join! I look forward to your participation in the discussions.
Regards,
Terry
At 8:56pm on April 11, 2008, Rosa Say said…
Aloha Lisa, welcome to the network! It is wonderful to meet you; mahalo (thank you) for the contact!
Rosa
At 12:54pm on April 9, 2008, Michael Kanazawa said…
Lisa,

Thanks. I'll need to take some time and read your blog posts. I agree that tapping into the individual passions of each person and harnessing that towards some common cause or strategy is the way to get everyone engaged.
At 11:48am on April 9, 2008, Judy McLeish said…
Lisa - I can't wait to see the post! Thanks again,

Judy
 
 
 

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