Vitalize Your Workforce (Author Interview)

Vitalize Your Workforce looks like a helpful book for owners and management to get the most out of their employees.  Can you tell us a little about the book?

Yes, it is a book written for Executives who want to get more out of their organizations, not just their employees. 

For years, Gallup Research reported ”85% of employees aren’t engaged.”  This # should be painful and a wake-up call for all leaders!

It says that the human potential throughout their organization -- on every level and in every function -- is stagnating.  Employees are “busier” than ever, but don’t really care.

So, it begs the question: If you want to lead your organization in new strategic directions, do you know how many of your employees actually want to make the effort to follow you?

Professor Emeritus, Malcolm McDonald, studied the results of 50 US companies who were “on the move” and reported very significant losses as a result of poor performance in completing their strategic plans. It’s not a surprise.

Can you tell us a little about your background and what you do?  
I have a significant management career in Fortune 100 companies as Johnson & Johnson & AT&T.  I enjoyed a wide scope of experience in areas as: medical, consumer health products, consumer electronics, information and Wireless systems, and more.

What inspired you when writing Vitalize Your Workforce?   

I am a huge believer in human potential. This started early in competitive sports, where a player
might not be good in speed but may be have a really special skill in strategy.

So, the idea of 85% of your workforce being “busy” but “only staying for the benefits” is really painful to me. That’s 1/3 of their life just going through the motions.

And I agree with Einstein, if you haven’t solved a problem in a couple of weeks, it’s time to ask new questions.

This problem has been talked about for almost 20 years…  it is way PAST time to ask new questions and create new answers. That is why we are here today.

When writing Vitalize Your Workforce did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

After spending a year in first-hand research around the country, three things stand out:

1.  Lack of engagement is just a symptom of a deeper, more pervasive, long-term problem:
      Personal employee stagnation. 

     Employees are busier than ever, but there is no future for them. No “what’s next.”
     Hence the common statements: “Why should I care?” and “I’m only staying for the benefits.”

2.  Looking deeper, the underlying causes of employee stagnation are the antiquated
      workforce management practices that were created over 100 years ago… of filling seats
      and keeping people silent and in place …. for consistency of production, forecasting, and
      results tracking.

    These management requirements will always be important.  But the context of employees
     awareness has changed.

     We now have:

     a) ubiquitous information (that started in the early 2000’s)
     b) burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities
     c) pervasive demand for “What’s in it for me?”   by all employee groups…

    The challenge of retaining and evolving a workforce HAS to be a priority for
    both survival and success in the 2020’s starting right now!

  3. Executives are so bored with trying to resolve the old “employee lack of engagement”…
       that they are either redesigning their companies or mentally just moving on, saying “go
       talk to HR.”

       The problem is, it is not an HR problem. They can’t solve it. They are not trained for it.

        And if executives don’t solve the underlying employee stagnation problem now,
        … they will simply just take it with them.  

What do you like to do when not writing?

   I like exercise, yoga, family, singing, meditation, laughing, and of course, travel

Where can readers find out more about your work?    or call our office:  908-876-1848


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