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How One Tech CEO Created Talent Stability

By David Harder on the January, 16, 2018

The technology industry tends to be very good at hiring people, keeping them is an entirely different matter. Gourmet lunches, pool tables in the break room, gyms, and onsite daycare are certainly nice perks but the tech industry has the highest turnover within all industry categories. Average tenure hovers around three years. Amazon and Google, while characterized in the press as wildly different cultures, actually are within .1% of each other with their turnover.   According to David Harder, author of The Workplace Engagement Solution(Career Press), here’s why:   “The tech industry is filled with both employers and employees committed to […]

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Shattering the Business of Sexual Harassment

By David Harder on the January, 10, 2018

The phenomenon of transparency has led to a tectonic shift in how our culture responds to sexual harassment. For many of us, the surprisingly swift departures of CEOs, bankable celebrities, politicians and other big revenue makers indicate a tipping point. Why are actions like these so very new?   For many years, organizations have literally protected sexual harassment through settlements and non-disclosure agreements. Consider the message this sends to everyone. Time and time again, we have indicated that money is more important than human dignity or “doing the right thing.” It is time to shatter this practice and for any […]


Is This Man A Tipping Point for All of Us?

By David Harder on the October, 17, 2017

In the last few days, I’ve made a couple of feeble attempts to say anything about the sexual harrassment scandal with Harvey Weinstein as well as our President. But, I actually have quite a bit to say. When I was in my 20s & 30s, I worked in business development. I got hit up all of the time by men and women. But, after having a childhood where I felt victimized all of the time, I did not nor would I respond as a victim if someone, man or woman, harrassed me during the course of business. Some of these […]

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No Shortcuts – Adam Miller’s Road to Talent Success

By David Harder on the August, 3, 2017

The only true shortcut to success is in recognizing there are no shortcuts to success.   David Harder’s new book, The Workplace Engagement Solution, points out how disengagement often begins when we attempt shortcuts in how we build our talent. Instead of developing a robust employer brand, some organizations hire for expedience. Many spend loads of money locating talent only to turn them over to hiring managers that have never been trained to conduct an effective interview.   CEOs in category leading organizations increase the probability of success by examining and “owning” every aspect of their culture. This past year, David interviewed […]

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The History of Disengagement – (Final Chapter) – What the Bleep Happened?

By David Harder on the June, 5, 2017

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou The turn of the century (2000) delivered an unprecedented number of angry, disillusioned, and unmotivated workers to America’s organizations. In 24 years, most businesses had adopted the philosophies of the Meckling / Jensen Paper, Theory of the Firm – Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs, and Ownership.” Shareholder value and market volatility had dominated business choices and we were witnessing a landmark change in the attitudes of America’s workers. With the promise of stability shattered, disloyalty was rampant, on both sides of the fence. […]

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The History Behind the World’s Most Disengaged Workforce (Part Two)

By David Harder on the June, 2, 2017

“America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who share certain moral commitments.” Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.” John W. Gardner In 1975, America had a relatively stable workforce that clocked-in & clocked-out. We were living the dream spawned almost 300 years before during the birth of the industrial revolution. The words employee engagement or disengagement were meaningless. Why? The “revolution” conditioned most workers to seek predictability and survival throughout our lives. What happened to that way of life? In 1976 two famed economists Michael Jensen and William Meckling published the now legendary paper, […]

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The History Behind The World’s Most Disengaged Workforce (Part One)

By David Harder on the June, 1, 2017

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana It is a fact that about 87% of the global workforce is disengaged. There are a series of historic events that created our present challenges. And, there is value in studying what happened that created so much cynicism, contempt, aimlessness & resignation in a big portion of today’s talent. Prior to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, change took place at a glacial pace. We could visit a village in 800 AD and return in 1400 AD. Pretty much, things were the same. People spent most of […]

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Why Must Employee Engagement Have a Democratic Solution?

By David Harder on the May, 30, 2017

In August, Career Press publishes my new book The Workplace Engagement Solution. As many of my readers know, I have declared war on disengagement. According to Gallup, the trance of disengagement impacts 87% of the world’s workers. It hurts families and undermines our children’s future. The trance does more than destroying profit and customer loyalty, it is the number one driver behind growing underemployment. It has become clear that full employee engagement is elusive due to two critical missing pieces: Engagement Only Works as a Democratic Process. It is futile to expect an awakening when we use the old hierarchical […]

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Why the CEO Must be the First to Engage

By David Harder on the May, 29, 2017

If 87% of the world’s talent is disengaged, the probability of CEOs also being actively disengaged is pretty high. With a purely democratic solution, the global disengagement problem can only be solved if everyone from the entry-level worker to the CEO/owner is dealing directly with his or her own engagement. Engaged CEOs lead their cultures. The very word “engagement” implies connectedness and transparency. As I have already pointed out, the failure of most engagement programs begins when the CEO turns the initiative over to someone else. Make no mistake about it, engagement includes an emotional component and many CEOs are uncomfortable […]

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The Missing Lesson in John Sculley’s Bloody Turf War

By David Harder on the May, 28, 2017

Business Insider recently named John Sculley one of the “fifteen worst CEOs of all time.” Little is said about the pathology that led to his stripping “rival” Steve Jobs of all power, essentially firing him. I often characterize disengagement as “going through the motions without thinking of motion’s consequences.” We see this trance when United Airline’s gate agents allow security to drag a passenger off a plane to make way for an employee and we see it in Sculley’s tenure at Apple Computer. Is the trance costly? What has happened to United Airlines stock value and consumer confidence since April […]