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.
"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)
"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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