Getting Unstuck: Becoming Engaged and Energized at Work – an Interview with Chester Elton

I create engaged and energized workplaces, so that people can have engaged and energized lives. And the ‘energized’ part ties right into your noble cause –where you’re trying to provide meaning and have impact in your life.

Gallup reports that some 70% of all U.S. workers are on the spectrum of disengagement at work. A number of factors converge here. Ineffective leadership, a stifling culture, and unclear agreement on what impact the organization is trying to have all play a role. So, too, does the fact that many workers are grinding away at jobs that reflect neither their passion nor their talents.

In this interview, we’ll hear from Chester Elton who has been recognized as being among the world’s top leadership and organizational culture experts. Chester will point to the importance of leaders and staff co-creating a workplace that is engaging and energizing.

What Motivates Me   is an excellent resource to identify your unique motivators and explain how to maximize them at work. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, do so directly from  The CultureWorks . Do not buy used copies from 3rd party resellers as the assessment code will already have been accessed. (Want a discount code? Talk with Jeff for the details on his special offer.)

What Motivates Me is an excellent resource to identify your unique motivators and explain how to maximize them at work. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, do so directly from The CultureWorks. Do not buy used copies from 3rd party resellers as the assessment code will already have been accessed. (Want a discount code? Talk with Jeff for the details on his special offer.)

Listen for:

• What, according to Chester, bears significant responsibility for that high percentage of disengaged workers?

• What is “job-sculpting,” and why should leaders focus on it with their direct reports?

• What practice do the best leaders routinely engage in?

• What does the disengaged employee look like – and how is understanding their passion and talent part of the antidote?

• How does Chester define a strong, productive culture?

• When looking at the qualities that drive someone, what is the difference between a “satisfier” and a “motivator”?

• Chester’s research indicates that top leaders consistency demonstrate “soft skills.” What did his research indicate was the most powerful soft skill that top leaders routinely demonstrate?

The way a leader acts and behaves gives everyone license to act and behave in the same way.

After listening to the episode:

  1. What is (or are) your specific passion(s)? What are your talents? How aligned are they to the work you’re doing?

  2. Chester made the point that strong cultures exist “. . . when people believe that what they do matters, and that they make a difference. And somebody noticed and celebrated it.” How does that expression compare to the culture in which you work?

For more information on Chester:

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/chesterelton

Website – chesterelton.com/

Twitter – chesterelton

Jeff Ikler