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. Deming famously said, “All that people need to know is why their work is important.”

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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

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

Long Noses Build Big Barriers

Leadership Freak

Humility Leading Lies Leaders Believe Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher brain power Growth Leadership Development Power small thinking universal human needBrain power, skills, and success beckon leaders to believe they are better than others when they aren’t. The most repulsive lie leaders believe about themselves is the long-nose-lie, “I’m better than.” Everyone sees the long nose you look down.

The Darwin Economy: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good Robert H. Frank Princeton University Press (2011) How and why “departures from rational choice” (with and without regret) have occurred and what to do about them Frankly, I expected this book to be about (for me, at least) incomprehensible economics and dull. Wrong on both counts, [.].

Leaders: Manage Job Loss During COVID-19 With Care

Leading in Context

I believe, though, that even when job loss or reduction in work hours is inevitable, there are still things leaders can do to help meet people’s deepest human needs.

Different Thinking. Different Leadership

Lead Change Blog

We need a new way of doing business. If organizations want to thrive and create healthy and vibrant business cultures with high levels of engagement, then business leaders need to think differently. They need to start focusing on their people and their drivers of success which ultimately come in the first instance from people’s basic human needs being met. For employees, he suggests that at survival level they need money to ensure their base needs are met.

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. We constantly encourage or discourage those around us and thereby contribute materially to their greater or lesser ability to function.” Rudolf Dreikurs The value of encouragement is often [.]. Leadership Development Collaborate Encourage encouragement Living up to potential recognition

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 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. In the 1930s, Harvard psychology professor Henry Murray analyzed the motivations of people.

Work-From-Home Burnout and Zoom Fatigue is a Lot More Complex Than You Think

Lead Change Blog

You need to take a strategies approach to understand what causes telework burnout to survive and thrive in our new world. Combining my expertise in emotional and social intelligence with research on the specific problems of working from home during COVID, I’ve untangled these two concepts into a series of factors: Deprivation of our basic human need for meaning and purpose. We’re deprived of the fulfillment of basic human needs of meaning and purpose that we get from work.

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The Dark Side Of Social Media: How Social Media Can Negatively Affect Our Lives?

CEO Insider

The need to connect the computers over a network for sharing information inadvertently gave rise to humans needing to communicate with each other discreetly, and hence, the earliest forms […]. Social media has been in existence for longer than one can imagine.

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Fostering Team Emotional Intelligence


Leaders have a choice of either noticing those emotions intentionally and intervening constructively when needed or just ignore the emotions to focus only on the outcomes and the process. The Basic Human Needs For Engagement.

Why We Long for Leaders Who Actually Care

Michael Lee Stallard

The disconnection people are experiencing today is broader than loneliness, a point Noreena Hertz makes in her book, The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart. Connection Culture Employee Engagement Human Value Leadership

Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders

Leading Blog

It needs to be exercised regularly to get stronger. Needing to be right, disconnect you from others. Clinging to a need to be right closes you off to the perspective and experience of others. Those you are communicating with need context.

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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 #47 Provide Autonomy in Execution –Monitor progress and be available to help your direct reports but refrain from “micro managing” unless they ask for specific help. This is the forty-seventh post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others.

Nancy Duarte on Storytelling in Business


That is an area where modern advancements like AI with all its information generating capabilities, will still not fill the human need to connect emotionally. For that, leaders need an ability to empathize with current realities of people, tell stories that resonate, in a way that inspire thinking and provokes meaningful change in how people operate on a day to day basis.

Former Best Buy CEO Discovers the “Magic” of Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

Joly believes in connecting with purpose and people, referring to it as “human magic” that results in “irrationally good performance.” Human connection is a force that helps individuals and organizations thrive. Hubert Joly, a Frenchman and former partner at McKinsey & Co.,

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Five Meaningful Ways to Keep Your Team Engaged

Next Level Blog

If you’re a leader who needs to attract and retain great talent, you have a huge stake in your team members answering, “Yes,” to both of those questions. Humans need the second. To be meaningful, connection needs to be not just a means to an end, but an end in itself.

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To Cope with Labor Shortage, Raise Emotional Compensation

Michael Lee Stallard

Many leaders are scrambling to attract and retain the workers they need. The resulting sense of connection from having these needs met engenders positive emotions and makes us feel connected to our work and our colleagues. Positive Emotions at Work Are Especially Needed Today.

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

Defeating Work-From-Home Burnout and Zoom Fatigue

Lead Change Blog

To survive and thrive in the post-COVID world, organizations need to make a strategic shift to best practices for the percentage of time that their employees work from home. Educate your employees about the deprivations of needs. To cultivate human connection and a sense of trust, you need to replace bonding activities from office culture with innovative virtual bonding activities. Start with education about basic needs.

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Overriding Our Instincts in Order to Become Caring Leaders

Leading Blog

The human brain is a miracle of survival and, from a psychological and evolutionary perspective, this makes sense. We have a human need for steadiness and predictability. In today’s competitive business world, we need the discretionary energy your employees and teams hold.

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The Choice is Yours: 6 Principles for Leveraging the Power of Choice to Build Trust, Manage Change, and Empower Others

Leading with Trust

Choice is an incredibly powerful psychological need. In the world of motivation theory, it’s commonly accepted that humans have three core psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competence. As I mentioned previously, one of our core psychological needs is autonomy.

It’s called human resources for a reason

ReImagine Work

It was a great day when the personnel department changed the name on the door to human resources. Why I became an advocate of human beings at work. Projects could be more successful and deliver more quickly if we treated people like human beings. These realizations settled in, and having recently survived my first downsizing in IT, I chose to pursue a career in human resources. MORE: Click here to see my TEDx talk on Putting the Human Back into Human Resources.

These Times Call For “Big Citizenship” – (Insight from the Book by Alan Khazei, Founder of City Year)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I present synopses of books dealing with social justice, racism, poverty – issues of human need. As I have written frequently, I live in (more than) a couple of different worlds. I read, and present synopses of business books. But I also speak monthly at the Urban Engagement Book Club for CitySquare. Sometimes, I feel [.].

4 Critical Needs of Employees During Coronavirus Lockdown

Leading with Trust

Now, more than ever, people need leaders to step up and lead from the heart. In order to be fully engaged and bring our best selves to work, there are four basic human needs that must be met. We need to instill a sense of hope in the people we lead.

The Paradox of Two Guitar Companies | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Human Resources. 5 principles of simplicity via @ matthewemay [link] Humans need a reminder RT @ hunterwalk Good design teaches. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership. Branding. Not found. No results were found for your request. John Bell. Formerlife: CEO of Jacobs Suchard (Nabob, Kraft), Strategy/Branding Consultant. Afterlife: Fortune Magazine Contributor, Wannabe Novelist. Search My Site. Search for: Categories. Branding. Leadership. Marketing. Strategy.

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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.

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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. Attending to your employees’ human need to be seen is one of the best investments you can make. Recognition is a tricky thing. Employee motivations can vary. The ways people want to be recognized can vary just as much.

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Building Your Legacy: What metrics are important?

Lead Change Blog

But those aren’t competitive sports; they’re vital human needs. The first Olympic 26.2-mile marathon, back in 1896, was won in just under three hours. Roughly a century and a quarter later, the record now stands at a blazing-fast 2 hours. By 2050, will we see a record of 1.1 hours? Is it possible? Is it significant? And, more importantly, why are we so focused on it?

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.

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Innovate Forward

Leading Blog

Technology is the raw material that 21st-century innovators need to build new business capabilities, to develop exciting new products and services, and to create workarounds for the physical distancing measures we will likely endure for the foreseeable future.

6 Ways For A Leader To Fill A Workplace With People Who Love Their Jobs

Terry Starbucker

In my never-ending quest for more human leadership , I’ve discovered an essential truth: If you encounter a workplace filled with people who love their jobs, you’ll find a great leader who made that happen. Those kind of environments don’t just pop out of thin air – there needs to be a catalyst. Tap into your teammates’ sense of purpose – the basic human need to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It takes more human leadership.

In a Hybrid World, Every Worker Will Need to Feel Essential

Next Level Blog

Since just about all humans need to feel needed, I’d guess most people would answer no. For organizations to be fully successful in the emerging hybrid world of work, every worker will need to feel essential – like they and their work matter.

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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. These 5 words can mean more than any bonus, raise, or promotion – but the deliverer must be careful, and like any wonder drug, the directions for use need to be followed to the letter. It needs to be used as close to the completion of said performance as possible.

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Hope Employees Will Return to the Office? Start Here.

Michael Lee Stallard

As I explained in Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work , a culture of connection meets the seven universal human needs at work for respect, recognition, belonging, autonomy, personal growth, meaning and progress.

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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.

Preparing for Re-entry into the Physical Workplace: Lessons from NASA

Michael Lee Stallard

Today, with the International Space Station in operation and anticipation of a multi-year human mission into deep space, protecting astronauts from the negative effects of disconnection and isolation has become an issue of greater interest to NASA scientists.