In Haiku Poems, Like Employee Engagement, Shared Experience

In haiku poems,like employee engagement,shared experience.A recent Actionable Books1 email newsletter noted the one year anniversary of Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever.2 To celebrate, Mr. Stanier launched a Coaching Haiku Contest3 (ends on March 24, 2017) where he asked his readers, “What would your coaching philosophy or advice
look like if it were a haiku?”4

What is a Haiku?

 “[It] is a three-line poem of seventeen syllables — written in a five-seven-five syllable count. It can be about a favourite question, piece of wisdom, insight into self, insight into others, process … anything you like.”5


 “The haiku is a type of poetry that is deceptively simple; it strips away the extraneous to get down to the beautiful, powerful essence of the message.”6


Employee Engagement Haikus

I decided to create some employee engagement haikus. Inspiration came from earlier posts where I identified the four areas that account for much of the disengagement.

Manager – Employee Relationship

When considering
employee engagement think
on relationships


To engage the heart
and mind of another is
a manager’s goal


Rewards and Recognition

Remember each day
the recognition you give
is never enough


Growth and Development

Employees want more
learning and development


Opportunity for Advancement

Employees want to
continually advance
to higher levels



Want to create your own Haikus?

While you know that a haiku consists of three lines written in a 5 – 7 – 5 syllable count, you can find out more by visiting WikiHow’s Write a Haiku Poem.7  Another helpful resource might me How Many Syllables8, a website that will identify the number of syllables in a given word.


The Challenge!

From March 8, 2017 to March 15, 2017, there have been over 200 submissions to the Coaching Haiku Contest.You can play along with the #COACHINGHAIKU or create your own #EMPLOYEEENGAGEMENTHAIKU. Leave your employee engagement-related haiku(s) in the comment below or share it on social with the hashtag: #EmployeeEngagementHaiku



What would your employee engagement philosophy or advice look like if it were a haiku?  What are some other unique ways to convey your thoughts on employee engagement?



1 Actionable Books. Actionable, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.
2 Stanier, Michael Bungay. The Coaching habit. Toronto: Box of Crayons Press, 2016. Print.
3 Stanier, Michael Byngay. “Submit Your Great #CoachingHaiku.” Box of Crayons. Michael Byngay Stanier & BOX OF CRAYONS, 16 Feb. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.
4 Ibid.
5 Ibid.
6 Ibid.
7 “How to Write a Haiku Poem.” WikiHow. WikiHow, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.
8 “How Many Syllables.” How Many Syllables. How Many Syllables, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.
9 Stanier, Michael Bungay. “Submit Your Coaching Haiku.” Box of Crayons. Michael Bungay Stanier & Box of Crayons, n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

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