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Formula for Incentive Program Success

Tell me what you want you want/need done and ensure I understand you.  Tell/teach me to do what you want and ensure I understand you. Make sure there is a reason to do it and help me personally connect to… Continue Reading →

Reading is Rewardable

In taking with a client yesterday they mentioned something I thought was interesting – and may become part of every program I design going forward. The client said one of the things he felt his sales force needed to do… Continue Reading →

Micro vs. Macro

Most incentive programs focus way to much on the “macro.”  The annual goal. The big point deposit. The large point earning opportunities. The expensive trip. The big screen TV. The expensive watch. But they usually ignore all the smaller events… Continue Reading →

My Chat With the Hip Cats at Behavioral Grooves

You may remember (or been bludgeoned by my repeated tweets and end-of-blog advertisements) I did a webinar with the guys from Behavioral Grooves a few weeks back. That webinar was based on the ebook we co-authored.  And now I am… Continue Reading →

Pushing Incentives to the Edges

FYI – I also write for other sites. Fistful of Talent and HRExaminer. Those sites are more focused on employee stuff – experience, engagement, recognition, etc. I wrote a post for HRExaminer in November of 2010 called “Pushing HR to… Continue Reading →

Knowing How to Sell Doesn’t Drive Sales

Every company trains their salespeople to follow specific sales strategies. Whether it is Challenger, Sandler, Paul Hebert, whomever and whatever. Every company has a process. Every company has heavily invested in the trainers, the books, the updating salesforce.com. They obviously… Continue Reading →

Lighten Up Francis!

Don’t take your incentive program so seriously. I know it is supposed to help you increase sales or drive profits. That’s serious business. And, if designed correctly it should do that about 90% of the time. But remember, all work… Continue Reading →

There is No Goal if There is No Goal

That sounds nonsensical. But it is how many incentive programs are run. Typical program arc… Company sets sales goals by individual. Company tells person the company’s goal. Person “works” toward company goal. Once company goal is hit, points (or award… Continue Reading →

Who Really Drives Results?

Pick any sport… if you wanted your team to be the best would you spend money on the coaches office or the equipment needed to make your athletes better? Yeah. I thought so.  A few years ago when we started… Continue Reading →

Remove Fear – Instill Confidence

If you’re a salesperson you’re paid to sell. But if you’re not sure how to position the product or service with a new client or you aren’t sure how your client’s industry could use your offering you will be less… Continue Reading →

Time is NOT on Your Side

You know what humans are terrible with? Time. We don’t do well when we have to think in longer time scales. Save for retirement? I’ll do that next year after all I won’t need that for another 40 years. Lose… Continue Reading →

Don’t Confuse Good Results with Your Design Decisions

Program design is about creating a program that includes the best-known motivation triggers based on science. The design most likely to get you results. The program design you would bet on if given that opportunity. I did a webinar with… Continue Reading →

Time to Atone for your Incentive Sins!

Last Tuesday some friends of mine got around a virtual table and talked about the sins many incentive program designers make when they put together their programs. While the webinar we held only focused on the top 7 Sins –… Continue Reading →

Today is my 33rd Wedding Anniversary

In today’s world 33 years of dedication and connection is nothing to sneeze at. I’ve been married longer than I haven’t. And I’m also 800 miles away from my wife. Maybe that is why we’ve been together 33 years (not… Continue Reading →

It’s the How – Not the What

Amazon can ship a toaster. United can get you from home to Hawaii. But neither of them has a clue how to best engage your incentive program participant. The real value-add for an incentive and reward program isn’t in the… Continue Reading →

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