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Motivation Science

19,000 Employees Can’t Be Wrong

A few weeks ago Harvard Business Review ran a post called: “The Power of Meeting Your Employees’ Needs.” This wasn’t one of those feel good posts by some no-name guru but a post based on a study with some pretty substantial data. The study was designed to get a better handle what makes us (you) […]

Motivation Isn’t Hard – Deciding How To Do It Is

I’m going to go small today and not get all long-winded and preachy. I just want you to know how to influence behavior and drive performance in your business. New Agey Motivation Theory If you were alive about 5 years ago and in business you probably were hit over the head multiple times with the […]

Cash VS Recognition – Once More Unto the Breach

[Cash VS Recognition – Once More Unto the Breach - From Paul Hebert-VP Solution Design. Read more about him on our Leadership page.  And because you know you need it - don't forget to subscribe to one of our subscription options for 2014 here.] The other day Quantum Workplace released the results from a recent survey called […]

How Does Your Company Discuss Failure?

[New post: "How Does Your Company Discuss Failure?"  from Paul Hebert - Vice President Solution Design. You can read more about him and where he'll be this year on our Leadership page.] A twitter exchange the other day with @IncBlot (Dr. Daniel Crosby) had me clicking some links on different psychological terms and I landed […]

Money Quotes: “How Will You Measure Your Life?”

[New post from Paul Hebert - Vice President Solution Design. You can read more about him and where he'll be this year on our Leadership page.] This book is an extension of  a commencement speech that Clayton Christensen gave to the Harvard Business School 2010 spring graduating class. The result  is either a self-help book […]

Giving Begats Getting – Influence Techniques in Reward Programs

Over 6 years ago, when I started my consulting company (I2I) and before I was adopted by the great people here at Symbolist I made the conscious decision to focus on how to influence behavior.  I’d spent 100+ years in the incentive industry (or so it felt) where we had beaten the “do x get […]

Motivation & Recognition Silver Bullets Don’t Exist

We all do it. We read the latest research on what motivates people.  We pour over the latest case study on intrinsic versus extrinsic rewards.  We agonize over whether we should include a cash incentive or if we should only use praise as a reward. We are all looking for that 100% guaranteed solution that […]

Do Monetary Rewards Create Psychopaths?

One of the clues that someone is a psychopath is that they lack empathy for others.  Psychopathy in an individual can present itself as a callousness and lack of remorse and guilt.  In other words psychopaths really don’t give a rip about you.  And for being successful in business today that may not be a […]

Time to Embrace “Little Data”

Big Data. Wish I had a nickel for each time I’ve heard that phrase lately.  I’d have a bunch of nickels. For those of you in Rio Linda – from Wikipedia, big data is: … a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional […]

Increase Health Care Screening Participation AND Decrease Incentive Costs

Wellness is a big issue in today’s workforce.  Companies can save a lot of money by managing their risks associated with health insurance.  We’ve seen the posts on wellness incentives and the return they provide– a dollar spent on wellness = $3 in savings. Properly designed incentives CAN impact your insurance costs.  And because of these […]