Rodd Wagner

VP of Employee Engagement Strategy, BI Worldwide, & Author of “Widgets”

Rodd Wagner is a Forbes contributor and the New York Times bestselling author of the book "Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People."​ He is one of the foremost authorities on employee motivation and collaboration. Wagner's books, speeches, and research focus on how human nature affects business strategy. He currently serves as vice president of employee engagement strategy at BI Worldwide. Wagner is a confidential advisor to senior executives on the best ways to increase their personal effectiveness and their organizations'​ performance. His work has taken him to a fiberglass factory in Brazil, a vehicle engineering facility in India, a paper warehouse in Poland, a home improvement store in Wales, a medical device design site in Germany, a pharmaceutical firm in Switzerland, the Pentagon, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, the attack submarine USS California, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Wagner's books have been published in 10 languages and his work featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, USA Today, ABC News,,, the National Post and Globe and Mail in Canada, and parodied in Dilbert.