David Lee

David Lee is the founder and principal of HumanNature@work and the creator of Stories That Change. He's an internationally recognized authority on organizational and managerial practices that optimize employee performance, morale, and engagement. He is also the author of "Managing Employee Stress and Safety," as well over 60 articles and book chapters. You can download more of his articles at HumanNature@work, contact him at david@humannatureatwork.com, or follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/humannaturework.

Articles by David Lee

Culture

How to Create a Workplace You Would Love To Work In

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 My vision is to create a world I want to live in.” – Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman, founder of the Bregman Leadership Institute said this at a recent (and amazing) leadership program.

While his vision deeply resonated with me on a personal level, I also found myself thinking about what a great message it would be when applied to the workplace. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

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I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.

Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:

  1. The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…
Talent Management

Despite Your Best Efforts, Why Aren’t Your Employees More Engaged?

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By David Lee and Jacob Schneid

Despite millions of words written and millions of dollars spent on improving employee engagement, the needle has barely budged over the years.

From Gallup’s State of the American Workplace:

While the state of the U.S. economy has changed substantially since 2000, the state of the American workplace has not. Currently, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work, and the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2- to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not reaching their full potential — a problem that has significant implications for the economy and the individual performance of American companies. Gallup’s research shows that employee engagement remains flat when left unmanaged.” Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Are You Giving Employees What They Truly Hunger For?

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At a recent event on how non-profits can use social media, self-professed Twitter junkie Jessica Esch, from United Way of Greater Portland, shared her social media secret sauce for successfully engaging followers.

One of her secret sauce ingredients stood out for me because it’s a phrase, and a practice —  love and try to do — yet we never see talked about in the corporate world. This is a shame because this practice is not only a great way to engage people in the social media world, it is also a game-changing offline strategy for engaging employees. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Why It’s Good For You (and Your Company) When You’re an Energizer

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Whether you affect people positively or negatively does not just influence what people think of you and their willingness to help you.

It also profoundly influences how valuable you are to your employer. It has a huge effect on whether you are seen as a “player” or relegated to the sidelines.

This assertion is based in part on the research conducted by the University of Virginia’s Dr. Rob Cross and his associates. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Why You Need a Resilient Workforce in Today’s Economy

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Do you realize how important it is for you to have a resilient workforce?

Do you realize your company’s success depends on this?

And, do you recognize the answer to building resilience is not simply hosting a brown bag lunch session on stress management? Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Appreciated or Taken for Granted? A Tale of Two Workplace Cultures

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The big, burly man began to choke up as he took in what the company’s internal leadership coach just said.

Moments before, this bear of a man, a grizzled veteran of the construction company challenged her assertion that he and his contribution at the company were valued.

Looking at her skeptically, he asked “How do you know that?

“Are you kidding?” the coach said with incredulity. “EVERYONE knows how valuable you are…Jack and Bob (his boss and boss’s boss) are always talking about how valuable you are and how important your contribution is to this company is,” she replied. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

5 Strategies For Taking a More Positive Leadership Approach

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 Second of two parts

In Like Ringing a Bell: How to Bring Out the Best in Employees, we explored the concept that YOU are Pavlov’s Bell to your employees.

Actually, you are Pavlov’s Bell wherever you go and with all of your relationships, but we focused on how this concept affects your ability to bring out the best in your employees.

The overall take away messages was this: “You are Pavlov’s Bell to the people you manage, for better or for worse.Read more…

Talent Management

Like Ringing a Bell: How to Bring Out the Best in Employees

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First of two parts

To your employees, you are Pavlov’s Bell, for better or for worse.

I was reminded of this during a conference presentation. Two men in the audience, both senior level executives, made their presence known. One because his face was frozen in a dour, grouchy expression, and both men because of their cynical perspectives on issues we discussed. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

There’s Something About Harry: Portrait of a Great Leader & Manager

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When you’re in a position of power — whether a manager or a parent — you say things and do things that have a huge impact on those with less power.

You can have a huge impact, for better or worse, without knowing it.

That’s because when you’re in a position of power and you have a negative effect on others, you are rarely let in on the secret. Read more…