I was sitting recently in a beautiful park. To my right was a closed path, with a cone blocking the entrance. To my left, people would walk by, notice the cone, and decide on an alternate path through the park. Some would notice from 50 yards away and some from 2 feet.
Then I saw why.
When people were by themselves, they’d notice the cone more quickly…at around 30-50 yards.
When in pairs (or more), they’d walk almost up to the cone…seemingly unaware.
It’s almost as if people in groups were more sure of their path (even when a cone was in front of them), while the people by themselves were more aware?
Then it hit me. Those in pairs were disengaged. And those by themselves were, for the most part, watching ahead.
How about you? Your team? A Gallup study found 7 of 10 employees are disengaged at work. Here are some tips from Susan David (founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching) for more engagement. https://hbr.org/2013/07/disengaged-employees-do-someth/