Many companies and organizations set themselves up with recognition and reward programs aimed at recognizing employees without putting thought behind why they do so. To quote Simon Sinek from his thought-provoking book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action: “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate […] Read more… Read More»
It’s about time someone demystified and explained the differences between recognition and reward. Recognition and reward are two completely different things and are used for different purposes. Some people and their organizations tend to see the two as being one and the same. I’ve seen way too many managers and employees not understanding either the subtle, or even the more obvious, differences between rewards and recognition. Unfortunately, even professional and industry trade associations perpetuate the problem with no uniform vocabulary or definition…. Read More»
Too often we say, “I don’t like change!” Poor “change” has developed a bad rap for itself. The act of change can either improve us or destroy us; the choice, though, is in our hands. The solution to dealing with change is to learn to respond positively, even to embrace change!… Read More»
What does it take to be a really great giver of recognition in the workplace, or anywhere for that matter?… Read More»
What does it take to find a fully engaged employee these days? “A Hong Kong industrialist paid out a record $1.1 million to buy a stellar, 21st century, exceptionally-engaged employee at Subtlety’s auction house last weekend in London. The sale makes him the most expensive employee sold at auction, according to a Subtlety’s spokesperson. The […] Read more… Read More»
Unfortunately, many recognition and reward programs end up transacting things or “stuff” to people, versus truly celebrating and humanly acknowledging them. Software and hardware diminishes our ability to properly express appreciation unless we humanize the technology in the first place…. Read More»
Giving recognition the wrong way may be dangerous to the wellbeing of those you work with…. Read More»
Being present is reflecting back and magnifying the desired wishes, wants and needs of each person in the room. Do all you can to speak positively and encourage those you meet with. Connect to the very soul, as you look each person in the eye. And whether a kind handshake or a gentle touch on the arm, make whatever physical connection is appropriate…. Read More»
Oh, yes, I got sucked into the culture of “this” or “that” creating game several years ago.
Back then I designed and regularly presented a workshop, which I called “Making a Real Recognition Culture.” I even wrote regularly about it when politely asked. No matter the format the content was always well received and respected.
These days we banter around the idea that we can create any type of culture you want from a million different stripes needed right in your very own workplace. Which is quite amazing when you really think about it…. Read More»