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What do you call a reward program designed by committee? A Chimera!

I read Michael Crichton’s book “Next” a few years back. The book focuses on gene therapy and the use – or more accurately –the misuse of genetic material.   Early on in the book the concept of a Chimera was brought up.  A… Continue Reading →

Never Cross the Social and Market Norms Streams

One of my favorite books on influence is “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely. It’s a mash up of “Freakonmics” and “Influence: Science and Practice” and “Fooled by Randomness.” I reference the book regularly and have my e-notes in a special file… Continue Reading →

One Question to Ask if You Want to Increase Performance

Incentive programs reward people for hitting specific goals.  Typically, you announce the requirements and as your audience performs and hit the specified hurdles, they earn awards – points, credits, what have you. The points earned can be redeemed for merchandise,… Continue Reading →

Motivation in Today’s World – Or is it Yesterdays?

Read to the end – surprise awaits! Maximize Overlapping Desires… I realize the changes in the employment picture are challenging. Mostly because today employees (or channel partners and consumers for that matter) look at the world differently. They don’t follow… Continue Reading →

Why Maslow Needs to Retire

A while back (like in 2009) I wrote what follows. This is edited a bit but by and large it is the same post (google seo be damned!) Back then I ran a decidedly unscientific poll asking if Maslow’s Hierarchy… Continue Reading →

How to structure competitive group incentives… correctly

There is a common incentive program structure that has been around forever. It’s called “group competition.” In an incentive program that uses group competition, the audience is segmented into groups based on their performance levels (sales, profits, number of customers)… Continue Reading →

5-Part Blog Series in PDF Form – Thoughts on Enterprise Incentive & Reward Design

The first post in this series went up July 25, 2017 and the final installment was live on October 12, 2017. Can’t rush brilliance – or its opposite. I said when I started the series that I’d combine the posts… Continue Reading →

#1 Thing Incentive Programs Get Wrong

I get frustrated sometimes when I read articles, posts and even books about incentives, rewards, recognition and other topics related to designing and delivering great influence programs. Mostly because I continue to see bad advice being doled out over and… Continue Reading →

5 of 5 – The Final Chapter Enterprise Incentive Design – The FIRST Thing You Should Do

[I probably should have crafted this series of posts better since this is the last in the 5-part series and it is all about the first thing you should do before creating your program/initiative. Hindsight is always 20/20 and foresight… Continue Reading →

4th in a 5-Part Series – Control is Critical

Been awhile since I posted the 3rd installment in this series – “Design for the Many – Not the One”. But, alas, I did not forget you, gentle reader. I’ve just been busy. Crazy busy. I’m convinced that activity on… Continue Reading →

Enterprise Incentive and Recognition Design – Part Trey – Design for the Many – Not the Few?

This is the 3rd in the 5-part series on things to consider when designing incentive and recognition strategies for the enterprise. First of all, please don’t assume any of these individual postings in the series are exhaustive of how to… Continue Reading →

Enterprise Incentive and Recognition Design – Part 2 – Time to Align

A little alliteration never hurt anyone. The first post in this 5-part series went up on July 25th. It focused on making sure your program design fits with your brand. I can sum up that post with this quote: “Don’t… Continue Reading →

Incentives and What Now Is Considered Luxury

[The following was originally written for an internal company newsletter and then remixed for a blog post on my company’s blog. Below is the raw material I provided to make both of those efforts happen. I thought was worthy of… Continue Reading →

Enterprise Incentive and Recognition Design – Part 1? – Consider Your Brand

Or is it Part 2 since I posted the intro piece last week? Does the intro count at Part 1? I’m going to say no. The parts are the elements – the Intro/Summary aren’t part of the series. So this… Continue Reading →

Enterprise Incentive and Recognition Design – The 5-Part Series

No one believes because they dissected a frog in High School they are qualified to perform surgery on their pets or heaven forbid another human (well some do but yuck!) Yet when it comes to incentive and recognition program design… Continue Reading →

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