By: Michelle Massa, Tuck School of Business Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

In this video blog, Marshall Goldsmith—renowned CEO coach, best-selling author, winner of the 2011 Thinkers50 Leadership Award, and adjunct faculty at the Tuck School—discusses his “Big Idea” at the 2013 Thinkers50 Gala. He talks about the relationship between active questions and employee engagement.

At the National Academy of Human Resources, Marshall listened to a presentation where human resources professionals spoke about how to improve employee engagement. Many global organizations do a lot of things right with regard to their reward systems, group training, leadership development, and goal-setting, he notes. But everything they talked about was what the company can do to engage or fix the employee and zero was focused on what the employee can do to engage him/herself.

Marshall believes that many organizations are missing half of the equation when they don’t include the individual as an agent of change in the employee engagement conversation. The missing variable in the employee engagement dialogue is what’s happening on the inside.  And to compel meaningful change, it starts from within.

Marshall poses six questions to ask yourself every day to help achieve better engagement.

6 Simple questions for increasing your own self-awareness:

Did I do my best to be happy?
Did I do my best to find meaning?
Did I do my best to fully engaged?
Did I do my best to build positive relationships?
Did I do my best to set clear goals?
Did I do my best to make progress toward goal achievement?

After a two-week study, what happened when a person asked these questions of himself every day?

Hear Marshall explain the results.

Several of Tuck Executive Education’s custom clients have explored this idea with Marshall and participated in the on-going research, including the National Health Service in the Northwest of England and a major financial institution in the U.S. In an upcoming program, Tuck Executive Education alumni will have the opportunity to use these questions to track their own engagement and explore how to cascade the practice in their organizations.


Marshall Goldsmith teaches in the follow Tuck Executive Education programs:
Tuck Executive Program
Leadership and Strategic Impact
trategic Innovation & Leadership
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