April 28, 2012

Commitment or engagement?

In this MSc program it is common practice to work in teams. And of course this practice represents how companies work to a large extent. So far, I've been working with most of my colleagues and sometimes things run smoothly whereas other times are more problematic. But what we experience here is like a 'miniature' of the real world. Most of the times you don't have the luxury to choose your team. Instead a team is assigned to you! And if happens you to be the leader, you need to make sure that team members are commited and actively involved. But in order to have the best results possible, engagement is essential. Just have a look at the picture. All people need to bring the letters to make the word, and not just sitting and watching others do everything. Not only because other members may put more effort on the common task (which is very important), but also for having a common sense of ownership.

Linking this idea to knowledge and asset management, team work is vital for these tasks as well. Either if it is KM or AM, all employees in a company need to be engaged, not just committed. Because the activities involved in managing knowledge and assets cannot be owned by a single person. They require team work.

Of cource commitment is paramount and the first step for good results, but engagement can bring excellence.


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  1. Abdul Iqbal

    i agree.
    i too consider that engagement is what is needed at the time of the hour.

    29 Apr 2012, 00:17

  2. Mohammad Waseem Sandouk

    To the general extend I agree with what you say Ilektra, but I have a minor correction about your last sentence; I don’t think engagement brings excellence, I think it’s a prerequisite for excellence, a company shouldn’t even expect to excel if not all employees are fully engaged, but is that enough? Imho No.

    29 Apr 2012, 19:56

  3. Ilektra-maria Kaldi

    Thank you Waseem for your comment! I put it slightly lighter, that engagement brings excellence. I totally agree that engagement is a prerequisite if a company wants to attain excellence. Just committed to excellence is not enough!

    29 Apr 2012, 20:49

  4. Daniella Abena Badu

    Am not sure what you mean by engagement and how can an employee be committed without being engaged? Yes there are people who are more pro-active than others but it doesnt mean those who are less pro-active do not engage themselves in a task or at work. I think everyone engages themselves but in a different way, just as the picture on your post shows different letters that is how it is with people and their level of engagement “DIFFERENT” .

    30 Apr 2012, 23:52

  5. Ilektra-maria Kaldi

    Actually Daniella there has been a discussion in our group the last day of the module, where one of the students raised this issue. Committed you are when you are very aware if the team project, you’re on time and generally show that you care about the team project. Whereas engaged means that you’re actively involved in the team project and through your work have a sense of ownership on the project. For instance, you may always be on time and attend all your team’s meeting (which shows commitment) but you may spend that time listening to music or browsing on the internet, facebook etc. instead of actually doing something relevant with the team project. By having this distinction between the two words and what actually mean in that context I hope makes sense for you.

    01 May 2012, 19:25


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