One of the most important questions that any Board can ask its CEO is which management practices and what level of employee engagement are necessary to implement a strategy:

  • If no-one at the table is familiar with managing organisations with high levels of employee engagement, then either the question is not asked, or the ensuing discussion is superficial.
  • However, when two people advocates are appointed to the Board – a senior HR professional; and a leader with hands-on experience of growing and sustaining high levels of employee engagement – not only is the question asked but 1) the debate is rigorous; 2) the current CEO is put on notice that boosting employee engagement is fundamental to business success; and 3) it may even result in the appointment of a new CEO.