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How to Protect Your Relevance from Extinction

Which Genre Defines You?

As we head into the weekend, I thought I’d pipe up and give you a little nugget to consider for your next team meeting. I call it….

The World’s Quickest Employee Engagement Survey!

Engagement is a measure of how much of ourselves we bring to our work. It is not about basics like pay, benefits, and good job fit, even though those are important. Engagement depends on a supportive environment, good teamwork, and the opportunity to express our personalities while working. Lighten things up at your next team meeting and ask each person these questions:

  1. What genre of movie, book, artwork, or music is your favorite?

  2. What genre of movie, book, artwork, or music is this business?

The closer these two answers match, the higher the level of engagement for each individual. Invite your team to have a fun conversation and compare the genres you picked and explore why you picked what you did. (Yes, it will be better if you are an active participant.) You might even find that a team member's passion lies in a completely different genre and that they engage their work equally well, but in a completely different way.

The point is to have fun and learn more about your team – so enjoy yourself. Trust me! People will talk about this for days.

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