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Why Employee Engagement Efforts Sometimes Fail and What You Can do About It! - Part 1


In today’s major corporations, you can hear terms such as “employee involvement,” “engagement,” and “high-performance teams” echoing through the hallways. Nearly every big company has some sort of engagement effort underway. This is in sharp contrast to 30 years ago, when I began my career. Back then, only a couple dozen prominent companies were experimenting in what was most often referred to as “participative management” or “socio-technical systems.”

Topics: Approaches to Collaboration Operational and Work Life Improvement Working Together

5 Proven Keys to Employee Engagement and Collaboration


Employee engagement. Seems that every time I look at Twitter, Linkedin, or any leadership site someone is talking about it. Yet, with all this chatter up to 88% of employees and 80% of leaders reportedly still do not have passion for their work. Below are 5 keys to employee engagement that if implemented consistently, have proven results in building a culture of collaboration and engagement.

Topics: collaboration employee engagement

Building Stronger Teams with DISC


The DISC behavioral preferences assessment is widely accepted as a useful, accurate way to help individuals and groups to understand behavior traits and preferences for interaction,

Topics: collaboration leadership training Teamwork

Overland Resource Group – the next 20 years


For more than two decades now, the Overland Resource Group team has partnered with many dozens of organizations and their labor groups, facilitating transformational change in complex environments through collaboration.

Topics: collaboration Leaderhsip WorkingTogether

Big Ideas just a click away . . . on redesigned


We have a new look. And nowhere is this new look and feel more evident than on our website, where you’ll find simpler,improved access to all resources.

Five Surefire Ways to Create Distrust with Employee Surveys


While much can be learned by conducting employee surveys, many corporations have learned the hard way that poor surveying technique can do more harm than good. In fact, generally, when executives are opposed to surveying, their opposition is based on poor experiences with surveying in the past.

Topics: Employee Distrust Employee Surveys Leadership Operational and Work Life Improvement

6 Tips for Employee Engagement from the Executive Coaching Playbook


Coaching is a powerful intervention for professional development and organization change. Individuals and teams at all levels of organizations worldwide are working with professional coaches, with great outcomes.

Topics: Approaches to Collaboration Collaborative Leadership Employee engagement tips

Don' Let Honest Mistakes Kill Good Labor Management Relationships


Two stories out of a thousand…

Topics: Collaboration Insights dignity violations Labor Management Collaboration trust loop Union-Labor

Civil Rights Movement Reveals Key to Sustainable Change

Recently, I had the pleasure of being a guest lecturer at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for a graduate study course on Labor Management Cooperation. My host was Arthur Matthews, an accomplished mediator, arbitrator and adjunct professor at NYU, Cornell and the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. A colleague of Howard’s, Kathy Drew-King also served as a guest lecturer for the course. Kathy is a Regional Attorney for the NLRB office serving the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in the City of New York, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Topics: Civil Rights Movement Collaboration Insights labor-management cooperation sustainable change Union-Labor

Best & Worst of Labor Management Relations 2014-Where Are They Now?

At the end of last year, Overland Resource Group announced its annual Best & Worst of Labor Management Relations, highlighting what we felt were 2015’s “best” examples (UAW & Big Three Automakers), “worst” examples (Railway Labor Act), and gave Special Recognition to Salesforce for taking bold action to assure equal compensation for women and men. The 2015 list took a more macro-tack than previous years. We thought it interesting to revisit those named in our 2014 Best & Worst list to see what has changed in just over one year. Here are some highlights:

Topics: Collaboration Success Stories Labor Management Conflict in the News Union-Labor Working Together