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Engaged Leadership: Building a Culture to Overcome Employee Disengagement, 2nd Edition by Clint Swindall

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The Fable

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Seth Owen had it all figured out. He had taken business classes in college, and he assumed managing people wasn't going to be that hard. After all, he thought, his college degree and charismatic personality would make him an ideal boss; employees would love to be on his team.

As he entered the working world as an employee of a Fortune 500 company, Seth was looking forward to putting his degree to work. Although he was an average student in school, Seth was a leader outside the classroom. He had a reputation as the one person you could depend on to get things done. Not only would Seth make things happen as the “go to” guy, he could inspire people around him to help, and he always did it with a smile on his face.

Now that he was out of school, the time for “learning” was over, and the time for “doing” was here. The dress rehearsal had ended. As he headed through the doors of corporate America, Seth had no idea his education was just beginning. Nor did he have any idea that his first year on the job would change the way he viewed business, and life, forever.

The Arrival

For a small regional airport, there were quite a few people bustling around. As Seth moved through the crowd of departing passengers, he tried to look confident in his new blue suit, freshly starched shirt, cap toe shoes, and yellow tie. He had been told that yellow was a “power” color, and he needed to look ...

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