THE "TROPHY CULTURE" OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

I’ve just posted an article on my blog in The CEO Magazine.  It was prompted by the latest edition of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”, which features a story about the “trophy culture” of youth sports—awarding a trophy to any child who participates in an organized athletic activity.

Actually, “participates” is too stringent a standard in one Los Angeles youth soccer organization.  According to the organization’s commissioner, anyone whose name is on a roster receives a trophy at the end of the season.  Interviewer:  “They don’t even have to show up for the games?”  Commissioner: “No, they don’t.”

Why am I writing about youth sports in a space ostensibly focusing on matters of business leadership?  Because I see disturbing parallels to the way the topic of employee engagement is being dealt with in too many organizations. 

You can read the whole thing on the Articles page of this site.  Or save a click and go here for some thoughts about how not to achieve higher levels of employee engagement.

JG