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Employee Engagement and The Stanford Prison Experiment

Image a world where the meek have really inherited the earth. Where the rich are now at the bottom of the economic pyramid and the poor are now the ruling class. Imagine working in a factory shooting screws for 10… Continue Reading →

Words With Friends – Words With Emotion

Incentives and rewards influence behavior. Recognition influences behavior. Simply paying attention influences behavior (ask Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger after their studies at the Hawthorne plant in the 1920s). What you say influences behavior. HOW you say things also has… Continue Reading →

Alina Tubman on the “PaulCast”… Audit the Finance Department?

Another “PaulCast” is up and ready for your listening pleasure (or not). I know Trump is upset about not earning an Emmy and so am I. The whole podcasting industry is rigged I tell ya. Rigged! But seriously folks. Today’s… Continue Reading →

Recognition – Incentive – Engagement [They Are NOT the Same]

I keep a file of all the articles I find about how to drive performance in organizations. Some are good. Some are horrible. Most are about 50% correct. Even this one will fall short of 100% because at the core… Continue Reading →

Social Media Shaming and SnapChat – Ranting!

Engagement. Everything is about engagement these days. If you’re in marketing you’re worried about consumer engagement. If you’re in HR you’re all about employee engagement. If you’re a B2B sales person you’re all about company engagement with your company. Engagement…. Continue Reading →

Just Throw a Webinar – May 25 at Noon EDT

Six years ago I wrote a post on Fistful of Talent called “Just Throw Strikes.” The gist of the post was that too often what we think is helpful advice is rarely that. At best it is just a restatement… Continue Reading →

Josh Flagner on the “Paul”Cast – What I wish I had been told…

Another day another dollar and another “Paul”Cast. This time, it is Josh Flagner (@railbirdj). Josh is a seasoned podcaster (I hope I pass his critique… finger’s crossed.) Josh writes, posts, whatever at JoshFlagner.com and hosts the podcast called “RailBirds Nest.”… Continue Reading →

Culture at the Speed of the Internet – Microsoft Chatbot Goes Rogue

On March 23, 2016, Microsoft unleashed on the internet an artificial intelligence (AI) attached to a twitter account. It was called a chatbot and it went by the name of “Tay.” “Tay” was an experiment in AI to learn how… Continue Reading →

Do You Know When to Run an Incentive Program?

  Most people think they know. My experience is that most people are wrong. But here I am to save the day. Below are the most important questions you need to answer before deciding whether to run an incentive program… Continue Reading →

Deep Thoughts Shallow Brains

Is it just me or have we seen a huge uptick in pithy sayings set top of beautifully photographed scenes?  Like you, I read them and nod my head in agreement. In the past these visual soundbites (or do we… Continue Reading →

Chester Cheetah Has Your Employee Happiness Right Here!

  We have almost reach comedic levels of posts on employee engagement, satisfaction, happiness and recognition. I am pretty confident I could bet you a year’s salary that you can’t go two days without seeing at least 5 posts on… Continue Reading →

How To Influence People – A Good but Lazy Post

Today’s post is sort of a “phone in.” A while back I read “The small BIG: Small Changes That Spark Big Influence” by Steve J. Martin, Noah Goldstein, Robert Cialdini. Cialdini is probably considered the father of the psychology of influence… Continue Reading →

Only 50% of Us Are Above Average

  I tweeted this last night “For whatever reason, we are driven to apply outlier practices to middle-of-the-road companies and expect outlier results.” And if you’re reading this post. There’s a really good chance that you are not an outlier…. Continue Reading →

Where is your heart? Why In-Person Still Matters (maybe more than ever…)

I’m going to bet that you are a lot like me. I say that because if you’re reading this blog you probably spend a good amount of time on the Internet. You probably have a LinkedIn profile, a Facebook profile,… Continue Reading →

Mother Teresa and Engagement

I live in South Carolina. Yes… THAT South Carolina – the one with the whole flag thing. But that isn’t what provided the fodder for this post. I saw an public service message on TV the other day about traffic… Continue Reading →