The engagement model
CFO to CEO:
"What happens if we invest in people
and they leave us?"
CEO: "What happens if we don´t
and they stay?"
It all started in one of our meetings. We were talking about what happens when the level of engagement differs between the parties of a private or professional relationship. Your engagement may be higher than the other party. Or the opposite - the other party is more engaged than you. Either way, the relationship is out of balance. If this goes on for a long period of time, there is a great risk that the party who has over invested in the relationship will loose energy and begin to lose interest and therefore set an ultimatum and maybe finally leave the relationship.
But is it really that simple? Are there conditions to take into account in order to look at the engagement level of the relationship in a more insightful way?
During our investigation into this, a simple model started to take shape. We drew it on our whiteboard, found more everyday examples and noted that this suddenly turned into an exciting model that can explain and function as a basis for discussions.
The model works in both private and professional relationships. We don´t look at it as complete at this point. There is a lot more to discover and develop as we find new examples. Our ambition and hope is that it will help you and the people around you to understand your connections and find a good flow in your relationship both now and in the long run.
Engagement is essential in the development of important relationships. When we hold back we decrease the possibility of developing or maintaining a potentially strong relationship. When we invest we take a risk, but at the same time we create the opportunity for growth. Don´t be afraid to engage in the relationships that are important to you, both privately and professionally.