The Art of Engagement

The Art of Engagement
251 Pages
ISBN 978-0-07-154485-6

The Art of Engagement explains how organizations can close the gap between their aspirations and actual, tangible results. It reflects 20 years of lessons learned in consulting with senior teams at some of the world's largest companies. You will learn about the major obstacles (canyons) that face businesses like yours – and how they can be overcome.

You’ll also discover how to map a path that starts at the very beginning (strategy), then proceeds to engage every employee in bringing that vision to life (executing strategy) in order to achieve success (results). The concepts are explained in an understandable, entertaining manner that is as enjoyable as it is helpful.

Jim Haudan

About Jim Haudan (Toledo, Ohio Author)

Jim Haudan

Jim Haudan is a different kind of CEO, with a passion that goes beyond leading Root to success. For more than 20 years, he has been helping organizations unleash hidden potential by fully engaging their people to deliver on the strategies of the business. With his background as a coach, it’s not a stretch that the company Jim co-founded focuses on tapping employees’ discretionary efforts – the kind that produces winning results.

From its headquarters in Sylvania, Ohio, and office in Chicago, Root partners with senior teams at major companies worldwide to build creative ways to execute strategy. A unique blend of 150 business experts, analysts, artists, writers, and educators, the Root team draws an organization’s people into the business by appealing to basic human curiosity and intelligence and by combining insights, art, visualization, and dialogue in innovative ways.

Jim believes that business results don’t come from creating a great strategy, but by meaningfully connecting it to all of the people in the company to bring it to life. And the Root team agrees, resulting in eight straight years on the Great Place to Work® Institute’s 25 Best Small and Medium Workplaces and being among the 2009 Top Small Workplaces according to the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces Inc.

Root’s clients include some of the biggest names in business, such as Gap Inc., Petco, Dow Chemical, Pepsi, Novartis, Taco Bell, and Hilton Hotels – more than 500 companies and tens of millions of people. The impact of Root’s approach on so many people and organizations over two decades is captured in Jim’s national best-selling book, The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Jim is a frequent speaker on leadership alignment, strategy execution, employee engagement, business transformation, change management, and accelerated learning. He has spoken at TEDx BGSU, Tampa TEDx, the Conference Board events, and numerous client meetings. He also contributes regularly to business publications and blogs, including Switch & Shift, where he was on the Top 75 List of Human Business Champions. He lives in Sylvania with his wife, Michelle. They have three children, Brad, Brooke, and Blake. When he’s not traveling the globe visiting clients,

he enjoys relaxing with his family at their lake cottage, golfing, fishing, sailing, photography, and attending Jimmy Buffett concerts.

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