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Time to Take a Break – For the Internet

I’m jumping in. I like the idea of net neutrality.  I know you do too.  You need to support the cause because no one should have the power to say one “bit” is more important than another.  Least of all,… Continue Reading →

Garbage In Garbage Out – Designing Incentives Isn’t Easy

Too often I see incentive programs that cause more problems than they solve. For some reason people think it’s easy designing programs because they remember giving their kids potty-training stickers and they use that as their “expert” program design experience…. 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 →

Your Company is no Longer Your Employees’ Nexus of Value

Remember the idea of the “company man”? I say that in true 1920s speak when that phrase was a popular derogatory remark about workers who would oppose the union because they were loyal to the company. Today it would be… Continue Reading →

Jobvite and Fistful of Talent Hangout!

Our first hangout is at 1pm ET on Tuesday, November 14th Google for Jobs/ROI of Recruitment Marketing Spend! What You Need to Know to Look Smart!!   This past fall I participated in a great series of events for Jobvite… Continue Reading →

I Knew Paul Was Meant for Greater Things When…

Unfortunately, I’ve been to funerals. I’ll wager you have too. Common to most is the “memory lane” exercise, where a family member, friend or religious representative, walks through the life and times of the deceased. For one funeral I attended… Continue Reading →

Why All the Individual Suggestions for Engagement Are WRONG

Where there is demand there will be supply. Especially in the world of thought leadership. Thought leadership costs almost nothing to create and has almost zero downside. When was the last time someone went back and looked at a post… 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 →

If You Manage People This Post Will Make You 100% More Effective

One of my all-time favorite books is “The Drunkard’s Walk. How Randomness Rules Our Lives.” I am a big fan of randomness – or more accurately – how we mistake randomness for causation or how we continue to ignore the… Continue Reading →

Being a Participant VS Participating

Back in 2007 I read a post on a site that is no longer showing up in a google search. So much for the internet “always” remembering. (But I do. Ping me if you forgot where you put your keys.)… 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 →

Newest “Paul”Cast with Kelly Irons from DevelopUs – Feedback as a Gift?

How many of you get all-a-twitter about the annual “feedback” session with your manager? How many of you think giving feedback to your manager is the right thing to advance your career? How often does your spouse appreciate that “feedback”… 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 →

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