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David Zinger replied to Paul Herr's discussion Does Engagement Start at the Top?
"Paul Thanks for the forum and paper. I think engagement can start anywhere and perhaps there really isn't a top and a bottom in effective engagement. I was thinking about the Tao Te Ching: Existence is beyond the power of wordsTo define:Terms…"
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Does Engagement Start at the Top?

What do you think? Does employee engagement start at the top of the organization and cascade down or does it start at the coal face (front line employees and their supervisors)?We have all heard the saying, "Employees don't leave jobs, they leave managers." There is certainly a kernel of truth here. I, for example, left two jobs because of toxic managers.Focusing JUST on front-line managers, however, may be a bad idea. Top executives set the motivational tone in an organization. They are like…See More
Dec 19, 2013
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"Hi Tracy, You sent me a friend request last year, but I never saw it (I guess the Employee Engagement Network doesn't send notifications regarding friend requests).  Anyway, you are now my friend.  Please tell me about yourself and…"
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Paul Herr commented on Paul Herr's blog post Are All Decisions 80% Emotional?
"I love your idea of taking the "e" off of "emotion" to get "motion," because this is exactly what emotions are; the fundamental forces that move us.   In Chapter 3 of my book, I take it a step further.  If…"
Mar 18, 2013
Paul Herr replied to David Zinger's discussion Primers for Engaging Conversations - Our Next E-Book.
"Hi Kevin....I agree.  Engagement does not reside in the rational mind.  The Conference Board, after conducting an extensive statistical analysis of the major employee-engagement surveys, defined employee engagement as, "An emotional…"
Aug 28, 2012
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How to get high at work

"Hi David...Thanks for your kind words!  I'm glad you found the animation uplifting.  That is what I was going for! Paul"
Aug 4, 2012
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How to get high at work

"Steve: Nice job writing this. good message and nice to work with children and friends. Natural highs was uplifting. David"
Aug 3, 2012
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Are your employees getting high at work? Maybe they should!

Check out this short animated video with the provocative title, "How to get high at work."  I think we are wired from birth to experience natural highs when we create, master skills, achieve goals and work as a tight-knit group.  Perhaps these natural highs provide the biologic underpinning for what we now call employee engagement.  What do you think?  Do you get "high" at work?If you resonate with the video, please pass it on.…See More
Aug 3, 2012

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Are All Decisions 80% Emotional?

We have all heard advertisers, like Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, claim that the purchase decision is 80% emotional and 20% logical.  According to Roberts, "Reason leads to conclusions.  Emotion leads to action."  What about other decisions, like the decision on the part of our employees to work hard?  Is this also 80% emotional?

I'm a science geek and author who studies the science of emotions for a living. I am 100% on board with Robert's notion that ALL decisions are…


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At 11:07pm on April 27, 2010, Carol Wain said…
Hi Paul... I'd love to read a few chapters of your book! I'm just finished Bob Dawson's book on creating incentive programs that bean counters will love and I have another EE book by Brad Federman that is on my desk waiting patiently for me to open it :)

Cheers! Carol
At 4:50pm on December 14, 2009, Ben Simonton said…
Thanks for the invite, Paul.
At 6:10am on May 16, 2009, Larry Underwood said…
Hope your ASU presentation went well. I'm going to plug The Horsepower Metric on exectweets, which only makes sense. Btw, your inspirational message you signed on your book is greatly appreciated. You have a fully engaged "employee" in spreading the primal message to the business world. "Motivational Fever. Catch it!" Not bad; not bad at all...Thanks, LAU
At 2:25am on May 11, 2009, Larry Underwood said…
Paul, haven't been over here for a while...Been Twittering like a mad man...I just want to make sure you've been getting my periodic emails, but in case you haven't, here's what's on the agenda: You're coming to town sometime this month, but can't locate the date, so let me know and I'll plan on getting together with you and your tribe...I sent Jim Estil a nice cover letter along with my book, so maybe he'll read and review least he put me on his "following list" on Twitter, so I take that as a good sign...But he's definitely dry, for sure...Btw, thanks for the nice 5 star review on Amazon...Greatly appreciated, since that's the biggest driving force in book sales...Twitter is pretty cool and up to 500+ followers now, although half of them are lunatics. I'm going to cull through the list and if I find any that might be of interest to you, I'll let you know...Been reviewing books like crazy, trying to get rep for being guru...and I'm continuing to plug your book all around the internet while cleverly tying it loosely into some parts of my book...I got an approval notice (after one month) that my pre-book review of PM made it as a press release on the St Louis Post Dispatch website...A little late, huh? So you're in three different groups over here? I know I'm in one of them and Pamela? sent me a note to get ready for the speaking tour...I'll try to overcome my stage fright and fly to wherever and give whoever a little pep talk...Oh, if you want to get riled up head over to @exectweets sometime, and try posting something even the slightest bit controversial...Chop chop...It's still fun and eventually I get my point across...That's all, stay in touch, LAU
At 6:33pm on November 29, 2008, Terrence Seamon said…
Welcome to the Manager Tools group!
At 5:50pm on November 29, 2008, Michael Lee Stallard said…

I'd be glad to help. Give me a call anytime this week. I'm in my office much of the week and you can reach me at 203-422-6511.

At 9:44am on November 29, 2008, Bill Hogg PerformanceExcelerator said…
I read your summary and found it quite interesting. It aligns with some of my own thinking (not based on any research -- just watching and working). I started my career in marketing and I agree that emotional leads rationale everytime. I look forward to seeing the book when it comes out.
At 12:13pm on November 17, 2008, Phil Haussler said…
Hey Paul. Funny bumping into you here. Small world. Talk to you soon
At 9:09pm on November 12, 2008, David Zinger said…

I am a very patient man (most of the time) even though I act with a sense of urgency. Somehow I think the fusion of patience and urgency is just what is required these days. You can have them send a review copy to me in 2009.

I enjoyed Goleman and his partners article in the Harvard Business Review on the Neurobiology of Leadership.

At 7:19pm on November 12, 2008, David Zinger said…
Hi Paul,
I look forward to learning more about this. If you would like me to review a copy send me an email and we could set this up.

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