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MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement

A five-part approach to making organizations stronger, more profitable, and better places to work.

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Employees and leaders intuitively know that when we find a place where we can throw our hearts, spirits, minds, and hands into our work, we are happier, healthier, and produce better results. Yet, most struggle to understand exactly why we engage in some environments, and don't in others. MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement introduces the five MAGIC keys of employee engagement--Meaning, Autonomy, Growth, Impact, and Connection--and shows how leaders can help employees achieve higher levels of engagement, as well as how employees can be more successful by taking ownership for their own MAGIC.

Based on over 14 million employee survey responses across 70 countries--the most extensive employee engagement survey database of its kind--MAGIC combines principles of psychology and motivation with solid business concepts. Written by recognized experts in leadership and employee engagement, this book provides actionable advice that will reduce attrition, encourage initiative, drive growth and profit, and increase personal engagement in one's work.

Leaders and employees will find real-world case studies, exercises, assessments, thought-provoking questions, and suggestions that increase engagement on the individual, manager, and organizational levels.

Axiom Business Book Award Winner!

MAGIC has been selected by the Axiom Business Book Awards as the Silver Medalist in the operations management/lean/continuous improvement category for their 2015 awards. There were just over 400 books entered.

The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are an information-hungry segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire them and help them improve their careers and businesses.

About the Authors

Tracy Maylett, Ed.D.

Tracy Maylett is the President and CEO of DecisionWise. He works regularly with executives across the globe on leadership and engagement. He has an MBA and holds a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University, and teaches in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Recognized for nearly two decades as international experts in turning feedback into individual and organizational results, DecisionWise has advised leaders in more than 70 countries in employee engagement, leadership, and organization development.

Paul Warner, Ph.D.

Paul Warner holds a dual Ph.D. in clinical and industrial psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He is an expert in, and dedicated to, understanding what engages individuals in their work. Paul works with organizations to understand what creates (and destroys) a culture of engagement, and how this leads to sustained performance.

Reviews

Marshall Goldsmith

- Executive coach and author of the New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"Meaning, Autonomy, Growth, Impact, and Connection--five keys that can change both organizations and lives."

Dave Ulrich

- International thought-leader in human resources; Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the University of Michigan

"Most of us intuitively appreciate the power of engagement for personal and organizational success. Maylett and Warner do an exceptional job turning appreciation into action. Their MAGIC formula captures the essence of engagement; their stories illustrate its use; and their questions and tools lead to sustainable actions. This book on engagement is both engaging and useful.”

Tony Bingham

- CEO of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD)

“The importance of creating and nurturing an engaged organization cannot be overemphasized for sustainable achievement; and it’s also our responsibility to choose to be engaged. The MAGIC model outlines five keys that we have embraced successfully at ATD to drive engagement, both organizationally and individually.”

Greg Peaslee

- Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Administrative Services Officer at UPMC

“When leaders bring their hearts, spirits, minds and hands to their work, they become powerful forces in leading successful teams. Maylett and Warner masterfully show how each of us can work our own bit of MAGIC.”

Paul Jarman

- CEO of inContact

“Employee engagement is not just a nice-to-have when it comes to our success at inContact, it’s the foundation. The principles of MAGIC are the keys to individual engagement, effective leadership, and company success.”