What is Paul Thinking?

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Psychology

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 →

Which Video Game Are You? Take Our Quiz and Get Whitepaper on Incentives & Games

“If you were a video game which game would you be?” No. This isn’t a trick interview question from Gryzzl or some other high tech company. It’s a question we’re asking related to our newest whitepaper “Unleash an Epic Incentive… Continue Reading →

Put an ACE up your sleeve when designing incentive programs…

There are a million things to consider when designing an effective incentive program. But at a very high level you want to do three things… Get your audience to accept and commit to the program. Find a way to have… Continue Reading →

2017 Resolutions – Top 10 “Won’t Post” Topics for 2017

  Note: I just noticed that I published a “10 Posts Not to Write About HR” back in September. So this is a bit of rehash. It has more in it and I’ve already written it so … what the hey…… Continue Reading →

Take Your Team on a Motivational Field Trip

Close your eyes. Imagine you’re a manager and you have 10 employees that you’re responsible for. Notice I didn’t say “10 employees who work for you”. That was on purpose. As a manager your REAL job regardless of what you… Continue Reading →

When is ONE thing really THREE things? Whenever you want to sell newspapers and employee engagement.

We are a one-trick pony society now. We have abandoned our ability to see our world as a complex set of iterations, interactions and interrelationships. We think the economy is ONLY a function of Fed interest policy. We think the… Continue Reading →

Blame your company culture on the pens you use.

Culture – the tapestry of who and what your company is and stands for. Woven from many different behaviors – large and small. Culture isn’t what is written on posters outside the offices of your senior leadership team. Culture is… Continue Reading →

Monica Fochtman on the “Paul”Cast… What I wish I had been told…

Are you taking responsibility for your own engagement at work? Are you the craftsperson of your own happiness? It seems from what we read today that companies own employee engagement and employee happiness. But not so fast says Monica Fochtman,… Continue Reading →

Take me to the pilot… Good Incentive Design

Incentive programs are sometimes more art than science. I think that is due to a variety of studies that contradict each other and gurus who do the same. That tension creates “gray” areas and they get filled with the “art”… 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 →

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Then Became an Employee Engagement Guru

Show of hands… how many of you like being compared to domesticated farm animals? Or even non-domesticated animals for that matter? Except for honey badgers and wolverines – those are some bad-ass animals. I’m cool if someone said I was… 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 →

The 4 Basic Human Needs, no 3, no 6, no 7 – Aw the hell with it…

I just saw a post on the 4 human needs that have to be satisfied for engagement and motivation to occur in your company. I’ll add that article to the pile with other articles telling me about 7 needs, 3 needs,… Continue Reading →

Crap Advice On Recognition from Inc Magazine – #SMDH

  Normally I let articles in the mainstream media that are patently incorrect slide by. There’s just too many of them for me to waste my time trying to correct the idiocy that passes for business journalism in today’s world…. Continue Reading →