Employee Engagement: 4 Basic Human Needs


At Blanchard LeaderChat , Randy Conley shares insights from Leigh Branham’s research on employee engagement and outlines 4 basic human needs that leaders need to take care of at work. To be able to do this, we need to humanize our approaches.

Help Wanted – Humans Need Not Apply

First Friday Book Synopsis

News item: Best Buy is in a lot of trouble News item: The robot population is growing…fast. ————— Put this in the “what have you read recently that makes you stop and think?” category. Yesterday, I read the article by Farhad Manjoo, Making Best Buy Better: The electronics chain’s only hope is to stock fewer [.]. Randy's blog entries Amazon automation Best Buy Farhad Manjoo Paul Waldman robots

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Help Wanted – Humans Need Not Apply

First Friday Book Synopsis

News item: Best Buy is in a lot of trouble News item: The robot population is growing…fast. ————— Put this in the “what have you read recently that makes you stop and think?” category. Yesterday, I read the article by Farhad Manjoo, Making Best Buy Better: The electronics chain’s only hope is to stock fewer [.]. Randy's blog entries Amazon automation Best Buy Farhad Manjoo Paul Waldman robots

When Jobs Disappear, The Ultimate Question May Be: What Will We Do To Take Care of Human Need?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Businesses will always follow the impulse to cut costs and replace expensive outgo in order to make a profit, and to, whenever… Read More When Jobs Disappear, The Ultimate Question May Be: What Will We Do To Take Care of Human Need? It’s true, and obvious. A business has to make a profit. The bigger the profit, the better for the business. But, a complete absence of a profit means ultimate doom for a business.

In A Willfully Unethical Era, Maybe We Need A CHNO – A Chief Human Needs Officer – Sitting In At The Top Level Of Decision Making

First Friday Book Synopsis

We have just two reasons that we may fail.?The The first is ignorance – we may err because science has given us only a partial understanding of the world and how it works. There are skyscrapers we do not yet know how to build, snowstorms we cannot predict, heart attacks we still haven’t learned how to […]. Randy''s blog entries

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The Four Pillars of Encouraging Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Humans need encouragement as much as plants need water. Posted in Leadership Development To encourage is to be a leader who makes a difference by manifesting a positive belief in others.

Cut the Strings: Provide Autonomy in Execution

Michael Lee Stallard

This meets the human need for autonomy that allows people to experience personal growth. 100 Ways to Connect human value

Come Join our Urban Engagement Book Club, Presenting Books in the Social Justice Arena – Here’s the Line -up for 2015

First Friday Book Synopsis

Do you read enough in the human need category? People need food to eat, health care for their bodies, effective and inclusive educational […]. You know; the issues of racism; education for the less-than-wealthy; poverty; the working poor; the not-working poor; hunger; challenges for immigrants… the list is a long one. It boils down to this. Randy''s blog entries

The Leadership Wonder Drug (But Beware Of The Side Effects)

Terry Starbucker

This kind of positive reinforcement brings a psychological boost that leads to greater and greater achievement, because it plays to basic human needs of acceptance and recognition. It needs to be used as close to the completion of said performance as possible.

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Building a Connection Culture

Coaching Tip

Science has proven that feeling connected is a human need. How can leaders bring out connection in their workplace to meet this human need and improve the performance of individuals, their team, and their organization? Recognize varying connection needs. Coaching Needs for Leaders in Times of Uncertainty.

What Your Team Needs Besides Money

Strategy Driven

But if you believe that’s all they need, you’re going to find more people leaving the team than you would like. There are deeper needs that you and even they might not recognize at first. You just finished reading What Your Team Needs Besides Money !

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Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader

Kevin Eikenberry

Here’s the premise – that if you really want employee engagement, as a leader you need to strategically focus on the universal human needs that drive performance. By James Robbins This book has a great title, doesn’t it? As good as the title is I’m not sure it does the book justice. It is a [.]. Books Influence Leadership Communication coaching employee engagement questions strategy

Scan for the 3 key ingredients of trends to survive in the Expectation Economy

Strategy Driven

They don’t even need to experience these new methods themselves, hearing about them is enough to make them demand the better way. The good news is that you don’t need a PHD in anthropology to spot trends in the wild. Basic Needs & Wants. We’re all human.

The 7 Failures That Will Make You a Better Leader

Terry Starbucker

But if I was truly determined to overcome, or “cover” them, I absolutely needed to learn from every failure, and leverage that accumulated learning into success. We learn that humans need to hear those simple words – “ You did a great job ”.

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If We’re Not Human at Work, What are We?

Lead Change Blog

I’ve been receiving a series of emails lately from a highly regarded organization with the subject line “How to Be More Human at Work.”. Aren’t we being human all the time? Creating more human work cultures is trending. How do we “be more human” at work?

Words Of Leadership And Management Wisdom From John P. Kotter

Eric Jacobson

Management controls people by pushing them in the right direction; leadership motivates them by satisfying basic human needs. Here are some words of wisdom from a 1990 Harvard Business Review article by John P. Kotter: Leadership complements management; it doesn't replace it.

How Leaders Can Make their Messaging Meaningful

Lead Change Blog

Addressing these basic human needs is effectively helping to answer the deeply held questions: What’s the point? People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Maya Angelou.

The 3 Gifts They Want Most (But Will Never Ask): The Science Behind Subconscious Needs

Engaging Leader

Murray identified over 300 human needs. In the 1940s, these needs were organized and prioritized by psychologist Abraham […]. The post The 3 Gifts They Want Most (But Will Never Ask): The Science Behind Subconscious Needs appeared first on Engaging Leader.

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The deepest human need is the need to be appreciated. William James

Frontline Festival: February 2016

Let's Grow Leaders

Chantal Bechervaise of Take It Personel-ly reminds us that when there’s a lack of morale, everyone becomes less productive and are not as good at communicating with each other as they need to be. The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.

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Dealing in Hope

Nathan Magnuson

” Hope is a strangely human enigma. Humanize Your Message. But it will for a solution to a human need. Napoleon Bonaparte claimed, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” It can’t be handled but it can be shared.

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Becoming a Leader: Risky Business


The real secret lies in the deeply human need to direct our own lives, learn and create, and better ourselves and our world. by Calvin Guyer. Becoming a Leader: Challenge #13–Learn to Evaluate Risk. Risk is part of business, relationships, life, change, you name it.

Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

Great Leadership By Dan

The dysfunction is directly related to technology and our perceived human need to "respond." Business leaders need to address the hierarchy of communication within their organizations by examining and questioning the culture that exists.

2016 May Be Your Year For A New Career

Lead Change Blog

Usually we choose our jobs or professional roles as we listen to other voices: “I need to pay the bills.” You’ll need clarity on: Who you are. You have a basic human need to use your strengths every day. What business problems/challenges do you need to solve?

The Toxic Leader

N2Growth Blog

Perhaps we need to focus more on the characteristics of bad leaders to expose this problem. What we need is a different measuring stick in our selection criteria. Praise and recognition: One of our basic human needs is to feel appreciated and valued. By Grant Wattie. President, N2Growth Australia. There is a new definition of leadership in our lexicon. The seagull leader is someone who flies in, s**t’s over everything, and leaves.

Free Sample: Audible Audio Book

Tony Mayo

How do we balance the universal human needs of authenticity and acceptance in our personal lives? Podcast #16: Tony reads a short sample from his first book: The Courage to Be in Community. The complete audiobook is for sale on iTunes and Audible.

10 Ways to Make Others Shine

Leading Blog

Ned Hallowell comments in Shine : While of course mistakes need to be acknowledged and, one hopes, learned from, it may be more likely, from a purely neurological point of view, that a person will learn more from a success than a failure.” E-mail packs much less of a punch than human moments.

The Marathon Everyone Can Win

Lead Change Blog

It started when Cheryl Rice, of Your Voice Your Vision, saw a human need and matched it to opportunity, the hallmark of all successful ventures. Light Your World Compassion humanity inspiring value YMM You Matter You Matter MarathonWhat were you doing November 2016? I know.

Using Kaizen for Employee Engagement and Improvement


In my book, The Outstanding Organization , I show how kaizen is a highly effective means to boost employee engagement by meeting three basic human needs: 1) The need to connect , 2) the need to be creative , and 3) the need to be in control.

10 Questions and Answers for Managers about Praise

Great Leadership By Dan

Being appreciated is a basic human need, right up there with a need for food, caffeine, sex, and smartphones. Praise is one of the most misunderstood, powerful, and underutilized management skills.

5 Items on Every Employee’s Holiday Wish List


Stores and online retailers create wish lists for every type of person you could ever need to shop for: for teens, for sports fans, for the cook in your family, for the outdoor person, etc. Less BS and more humanity - Enough beating-around-the-bush or, even worse, “spinning” of messages.

Another Way You Can Get Recognition Right

Lead Change Blog

The need to be seen is very human. Just check David Rock’s work about human needs in social interactions. If we apply his model, we can connect the need to be seen to our need as humans for status and relatedness. Recognition is a tricky thing.

Indispensable Traits of a Collaborative Leader: Part 1


This also requires a collaborative leader to give up on their ego and need to be “in control”. A collaborative leader fulfills this essential human need by listening – what is being said and what is left unsaid. Being in a band is always a compromise.

Antidote for Widespread Employee Discontent

Michael Lee Stallard

There are three types of workplace cultures: Dog-Eat-Dog Cultures, Indifferent Cultures (cultures that are indifferent to people and treat them as human doings), and “Connection Cultures” where people feel connected to their organization’s identity (i.e. Without going too far into the psychology of connection, let me just summarize by saying simply that we are humans, not machines.

What’s the Best Way to Motivate you Employees? Give them Freedom.

Great Leadership By Dan

Freedom, so I can live; Freedom, so I can give; Freedom, yeah Freedom, that''s what I need”. Freedom is a universal, basic human need. What about the need for consistency? As human beings, it’s hard to let go of our “right” way of doing things.

Where Do You Stand Among the World’s Greatest Leaders?

C-Level Strategies

They gather to answer the question, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?”

What Are Your Needs?


What are your needs? I recently visited Penn State’s Wiki on Need Theories , which I found illuminating. Needs drive decision-making, so it pays for leaders to know not only what their own needs are, but what their team members’ needs are as well.

What We Can Learn About Leadership From Dogs

Eric Jacobson

I never really thought much about the parallels between canine and human leadership needs , but Lesley Hunter, the author of, Who Put You in Charge? , In her book, Hunter explains: Like dogs, humans need training, leadership, respect and reward.

6 Ways Leaders Can Dial up the Level of Value in the Workplace

Michael Lee Stallard

Make a human connection with as many people as possible. Leaders need to acknowledge individuals. Giving individuals an opportunity to express themselves brings the color of human personality into the workplace. Recognize the human need for work/life balance.

Be a Positive Force

Lead Change Blog

I suggest that each of us needs to add one more resolution to our list – to be a positive force in our home, community, and workplace. There are five pillars of well being: five areas that we humans need to invest time and energy in to boost positive well being regularly.