From the Archive: Knowlegdge Worker Productivity and Engagement: Drucker and Pink

Originally posted about five years ago this post shows that the questions surrounding employee engagement have been around for quite awhile.  In his book, Management Challenges for the 21st Century, management guru Peter Drucker talked about what it takes for knowledge workers to be productive. He said there were six major factors. These included: Asking the …

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Is Boredom the Opposite of Engagement?

Associate professor of Strategy and Organization and blog writer for the Harvard Business Review Mark de Rond asked the question “Are you Busy at Work, but Still Bored?” He indicated that he has a job that many of us would probably envy, at least I would, yet he is bored with it. In reading his …

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Obsolescence will eat your lunch.

Friend and fellow HR blogger Ben Eubanks posted the following point in a blog post entitled 4 Things Great HR Pros Know. He said “Obsolescence will eat your lunch.” That was his fourth point. The other ones are good too, but I will let you read those. I am going to talk about this one. …

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Changing Nature of Work and the Difficulty of Government Regulation

“Our basic assumptions about how work gets done are what’s changing. It’s less about having a fixed location and schedule and more about thoughtful and engaged activity.” This very thought provoking statement comes from an article by James H. Lee called Hard at Work in the Jobless Future and is found in the March-April of …

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Time, Talent or Incentive? What Makes For the Best Employee?

We have all heard by now the 10,000 hour rule that was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers. Here in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia there is a plumbing company that even uses the concept in their commercials. They brag that all their plumbers have 10,000 hours of practice and thus they are the most …

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AMPing Up Your Employees: Motivation According to Pink

With his book Drive! Daniel Pink has added another chapter in the discussion of motivation. Much has been written on motivation from Maslow, Herzberg and Skinner to Drucker. (I wrote on Drucker and Pink here.) Pink’s has added a discussion on work in the 21st Century. He talks about it in terms of AMPing your …

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Your Intelligence: Fixed or Fixable?

In his book Drive, Daniel Pink tell us about Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University. She has been studying motivation and achievement for many years. He said that her signature insight is that “… what people believe shapes what people achieve.” I believe this too. I am not sure how signature this …

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Mental Models: Key to Success or Pathway to Failure?

For a recent lesson for a PHR preparation class I broke out my 1990 version of Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline and reread some of the information on his model of the learning organization. If you have ever studied for the PHR/SPHR you know that the components of his learning organization are systems thinking, personal …

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Knowlegdge Worker Productivity and Engagement: Drucker and Pink

In his book, Management Challenges for the 21st Century, management guru Peter Drucker talked about what it takes for knowledge workers to be productive. He said there were six major factors. These included: Asking the question “what is the task?” Knowledge workers must manage themselves and take responsibility for their productivity. Continuing innovation has to be …

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Do You Have an HR "To-Don't" List?

Earlier in the month I got a newsletter from Daniel Pink, which I have just gotten around to reading. He always has good stuff so I made sure I saved it. One of the items he had in this one is something that he attributed to Tom Peters, also a favorite of mine. So I …

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