By now, everyone has heard about the importance of employee engagement.
Engaged employees are productive employees. It kind’ve reminds me of those hilarious Happy Cow commercials that were popular a decade or so ago.
But there’s a huge problem……
Employee engagement is staggeringly awful. Gallup releases an employee engagement study every year and the latest stats are pretty pathetic. A whopping 70% of US employees are not engaged at work. 70%!
On this episode of The Manila Folder, I sat down with Dudley Slater (Founder and Former CEO of Integra Telecom) to talk about some of the leadership mistakes he made in his career and a particular behavior that nearly forced a high-performing senior executive to quit.
We also discuss that Gallup study, who he thinks is responsible for the dismal stats and what you can do to create fusion with your team to turn the tide on employee engagement.

You can learn more from Dudley by picking up the book he co-authored with Steven Taylor:

Fusion Leadership: Unleashing the Movement of Monday Morning Enthusiasts

In the book, Dudley, Steven and other leaders such as Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi, share how you can overcome everyday leadership challenges to engage employees and transform your team or entire organization.


About Dudley

Dudley was the co-founder and CEO of Integra Telecom where he grew the company from nine to over two thousand employees, transitioning it from a start-up to national prominence as one of the ten largest fiber-based telecommunications companies in the United States.
Under Slater’s leadership, Integra raised over $1.3 billion in capital and constructed one of the most advanced metropolitan fiber networks in its region, helping to earn him the distinction of being named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Northwest in 2011 by Ernst & Young. He is the author, with Steven T. Taylor, of Fusion Leadership: Unleashing the Movement of Monday Morning Enthusiasts.