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Topic: Culture

Measuring Success Is Not Measuring Engagement: A Case for Great Work

Dr. Alexander Lovell and Gary Beckstrand of O.C. Tanner Institute

What a multi-generational workforce really wants
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
11:00AM PST/2:00PM EST/7:00PM GMT

Chances are your organization measures engagement. But what is engagement, really? Employee motivation? Enthusiasm? Discretionary effort? The problem with engagement is that it is rife with conflicting meanings. Plus, it does not reliably predict the future performance of individuals or their organizations.

Join Dr. Alexander Lovell and Gary Beckstrand, with moderator Meghan Stettler, of O.C. Tanner Institute, as they reveal a better means for calculating individual and organizational success: Great work.

You’ll learn:

• Why a focus on work output and quality, rather than engagement, leads to better employee and business outcomes
• How engagement is highly associated with employee personality type
• How Great work is more easily personalized to the employee, generating better and more innovative work


About the speakers:

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Dr. Alexander Lovell Director, Research and Assessment, O.C. Tanner Institute

A political sociologist with more than a decade’s worth of deep methodological, research, and practitioner experience, Dr. Alexander Lovell conducts extensive research on workplace culture, employee experience, and assessment methodologies for the O.C. Tanner Institute. He also curates the perspectives of more than 40,000 leaders and employees, revealing relevant workplace trends for the Institute’s annual Global Culture Report, which is informed by his research in field theory, inter-generational dynamics, and culture change. 

His dynamic insights transform the cultures of numerous Fortune 100 and Global 2000 companies as he works to develop targeted culture assessment programs, predictive models, evaluation plans, and listening strategies that help people thrive at work. He finished his doctoral training at the University of Utah and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from American Military University.

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Gary Beckstrand VP, O.C. Tanner Institute

With 30 years of game-changing research, business development, and leadership experience, Gary works with top organizations around the world to help them achieve lasting cultural impact. As a vice president at O.C. Tanner, Gary’s insights are sought after by multiple Fortune 100 companies, and he has spoken to tens of thousands of business leaders across his career.

In addition to coauthoring Appreciate: Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness, Gary frequently features on inc.com, entreprenuer.com, and Forbes. Prior to O.C. Tanner, Gary held leadership positions at Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s, and Franklin-Covey. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as well as a BS in marketing from Brigham Young University.

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Meghan Stettler Director, O.C. Tanner Institute

As a trusted voice for the O.C. Tanner Institute, most recently via its groundbreaking COVID-19 weekly webinars, Meghan specializes in knitting together key sentiments and perspectives across the table to identify win-win strategies for workplace culture success. Throughout her career, she has forged diplomatic partnerships with countries and companies in the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, and the Indo-Pacific regions, interfacing with CEOs, energy secretaries, ambassadors, and governors.

She has also addressed over a million viewers as an award-winning journalist and producer with Al Jazeera, News 12 New York, and Network News Service, a pioneering organization serving ABC, CBS, and FOX. Meghan was recently named to the HRD Global 100, a list of the best and brightest industry leaders in HR.


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