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Chamberlain Among the Mutineers: A Leadership Allegory on Employee Engagement

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 9AM-12PM EDT
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Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 9AM-12PM EDT
2020-05-07 09:00:00 2020-05-07 12:00:00 America/New_York Chamberlain Among the Mutineers: A Leadership Allegory on Employee Engagement See more details at: Virtual, , ,
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REGISTRATION ENDS Tuesday, May 5th - Virtual Zoom Link will be sent out Wednesday, May 6th

Concerned about keeping your employees engaged while they are working from home? Join us the ACT-IAC Academy on May 7 for a seminar on employee engagement with Jared Peatman, Ph.D.

Jared takes us back to the Civil War and uses the story of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain’s successful intervention with 120 mutineers to discuss modern theories and findings on the drivers of disengagement as well as strategies for keeping employees committed to the organization. Important in all times, these strategies for keep employees engaged in the organization are even more critical during times of disruption and dislocation.

According to recent surveys by Gallup, backed up by Dale Carnegie and others, 65% of the people who have a job in America are disengaged at work.  The cost of this disengagement – which can range from a simple lack of enthusiasm to downright sabotage – is estimated at $1.2 trillion a year.  What are the other costs?  Compared to engaged workers, those who are disengaged:

  • Produce just 40% of the work output;
  • Have 70% more safety incidents;
  • Quit their job twice as often, costing the U.S. economy $11 billion per year.

What drives disengagement, and what can organizations do to more effectively engage their people?  What adaptions to leaders need to make to deal with engagement issues that may arise specifically due to the COVID-19 crises and the subsequent disruption and dislocation of the workforce?

Questions around engagement are not new, and history is full of leaders who successfully re-engaged their followers and achieved great things for their organization during times of crisis.  One such example is offered by Civil War commander Joshua Chamberlain.  In late May of 1863, 120 mutineers – disengaged employees – from the 2nd Maine Regiment were transferred to Chamberlain’s 20th Maine.  Authorized by his superiors to execute the entire lot if necessary, Chamberlain instead orchestrated one of the greatest interventions in the annals of disengaged employees and, in so doing, saved the mutineers, strengthened his own unit, and became a decisive factor at Gettysburg, the war’s greatest battle. 

Drawing on extensive research from Gallup, Dale Carnegie Training, the Federal Viewpoint Survey, and half a dozen other sources, we begin this session by exploring the status of engagement in America today, and what drives employee engagement and disengagement.  We then go back to the story of the 2nd Maine, revealing the causes that turned them from willing volunteers into hostile mutineers.  After discussing what today's leading experts say we can do to re-engage employees, we examine the specific actions Joshua Chamberlain took that resulted in 99% re-engagement by the 2nd Maine mutineers Participants will be able to draw upon those insights and create action plans to boost engagement within their own team and their larger organization.  NOTE:  a visit to Gettysburg is not required!   More information HERE

With the combination of small and whole group discussions (facilitated by online breakout rooms), Hollywood movies, 150-year-old documents from the National Archives, and cutting-edge theories and studies from today’s leading thinkers on employee engagement, this session is both fun and impactful. 

Chamberlain’s strategies are as relevant in 2020 as they were in 1863, and offer modern leaders concrete ideas for keeping their team members engaged as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the primary causes of employee disengagement;
  • Identify the primary causes of employee engagement;
  • Identify strategies for reengaging disengaged employees.

The course is taught by Jared Peatman, Ph.D., President and Founder of Fore Score Consulting.  A graduate of Gettysburg College with a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from Texas A&M, Jared Peatman is the founder and president of Four Score Consulting, LLC, as well as a faculty member at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. 
Jared’s first book is The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  For that project Jared was named the 2009 Organization of American Historians/Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Doctoral Fellow and in 2012 received the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize for the best work on Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War.  He is also the author, with Steven B. Wiley, of A Transformational Journey: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg.  He is currently working on a book about Joshua Chamberlain, the 20th Maine, and the Battle of Gettysburg.