Helen Keller reminded us that “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
A few years ago, I presented a seminar on employee engagement to a group of about 50 business leaders. My objective? To provide strategies, techniques, and ideas on achieving higher levels of employee engagement.
During an interactive part, I asked the group what they did to provide “an abundance of teamwork and collaboration”—a key employee engagement driver.
A number of ideas surfaced, but one in particular rocked the house! With permission, I share it here.
Every Tuesday, this leader would bring his team together and watch a relevant TED Talk video, then discuss it as a group. One by one, they’d state what they took away from the video and how it applies to their work or team.
They call this experience “Tuesdays with TED”—how brilliant!
What could you do like this?
Seek creative new ways to engage your employees by instilling “an abundance of teamwork and collaboration” throughout your organization.
If you want to incorporate the “Tuesdays with TED” idea, check out a list of TED Talk topics here.
You could expand this idea to include videos and content from the PassItOn.com website. Or you might feature The Leadership and Learning Podcast.
To derive the benefits of an organization crawling with engaged employees, at a minimum you must:
- Tear down any existing silos.
- Have the ability to build a fully functional team.
- Be effective at achieving high levels of respect, trust, and collaboration.
- My favorite: Create a fun work environment by incorporating ideas like those presented here.
Exceptional leaders make the effort because it’s worth it.