rewards

Recognition and Rewards Are Two Different Things

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»

customer service

Monogram Customer Service with Your Signature Passion

Most customer service relationships do not end with a storm of sound and fury. Most do not end in a fit of dissonance or a caustic conflict. Most companies “vanilla” customer service to death. It is death by indifference, monotony, and negligence. When someone asked my wife the secret of our 50-year marriage, she quickly said, “We got married, but we never quit dating.” Customer relationships are like that as well. They thrive on a rich flavor of engagement, like Neapolitan or spumoni, not plain vanilla…. Read More»

motivation tips

3 Ways to Understand, and Increase, Your Work Motivation

Understanding motivation is often a complex subject. Everyone at some point will say they can’t understand why they were able to do something one day without much effort and then struggle a few days later. Much of our difficulty is based on our concept of motivation. A popular visualization of motivation is: Whatever prompts the desire to perform a particular behavior…. Read More»

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