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Editorial Reviews

"Widgets is required reading for every leader and manager to shake off habits rooted in the past." (New York Times best-selling author Curt Coffman, coauthor of First, Break All the Rules)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Rodd Wagner tackles one of the most destructive problems facing organizations today - the breakdown of the relationship between employees and the organizations they work for.
"Your people are not your greatest asset. They're not yours, and they're not assets."
With this declaration, one of the leading authorities on employee performance rolls up his sleeves against the weasel words, contradictions, bad habits, and intrusions that reduce people to "human resources". To "FTEs". To "human capital". To flesh-and-blood widgets.
Armed with empirical evidence from the provocative studies he leads around the globe, Wagner guides you through the new realities of what it takes to get the highest levels of intensity from people in a more mercenary, skeptical, and wired work world. He explains how elements such as individualization, fearlessness, transparency, recognition, and coolness are reciprocated with loyalty, productivity, innovation, and - inescapably - corporate reputation.
©2015 Rodd Wagner (P)2015 McGraw-Hill Education
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Critic Reviews

"If a highly engaged workforce serves as a protective moat that protects an organization from competitive threats, Rodd Wagner reminds us that a moat without water is nothing more than a ditch." (Robb Webb, chief human resources officer, Hyatt Hotels)
"A highly readable, research-grounded, and relevant approach to employee engagement by one of the most respected thinkers on the subject.... A fascinating, thought-provoking, must-read book." (Ken Bartlett, PhD, professor of human resource development, University of Minnesota)
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By Eilsow on 08-27-17


A whole lot of statistics, not very much substance.
It's a very boring book. I found myself constantly drifting off thinking of other things.
If you like statistics, this is the book for you. It is full of them. Personally, I like points to be backed up by real life examples, not just a bunch of numbers. The author is not very convincing about what he's trying to say.

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