Bob Nelson

Founder and President, Nelson Motivation

Dr. Bob, as he’s called, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition, and rewards. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company. He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, is a co-founder of Recognition Professionals International, and was chief of staff for Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) for 10 years. Dr. Nelson has sold four million books on management and motivation, including 1001 Ways to Reward Employees (now in a new edition entitled 1501 Ways to Reward Employees); appeared extensively in the national media, including CBS 60 Minutes; and been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other media discussing how to best motivate today’s employees.

Articles by Bob Nelson
Motivation Matters: Give Meetings and Incentives a Break!
From the headline, you know what I've been thinking of late. Even though we are all connected electronically these days, most significant business still
Pfizer Runs With Employee Idea to Help the Unemployed
Tough times are the perfect time to ask employees for ideas and put those ideas to work. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., New York, did just that when...
Motivation Matters: 7 No-Fail, Get-Them-Talking Ideas
More and more companies are turning their non-customer-facing events into virtual ones. So when you get the green light to bring employees together face
An Interview With Bill Marriott
At age 74, you wouldn't think it would be on the top of his to do list to start a blog. Yet that is exactly what J.W. (Bill) Marriott, chairman and CEO
More From Bill Marriott: Weathering Tough Times
It’s easier to take care of people in good times, but what about the bad times?
Inspiration from the U.S. Postal Service?!
Many organizations use recognition and rewards to celebrate good times, but sparking the attention and energy of employees is even more significant in
Motivation Matters: Innovation at Intuit
Intuit Inc., the Mountain View, Calif.-based tax and financial software provider, has developed an exciting employee recognition program called Spotlight
Incentives and the Tax Man
Most incentive prizes are taxable as ordinary income to the recipient regardless of whether the award is in the form of cash, gift certificates, merchandise,
Motivation Matters: Cargill Wins on Recognition
Congratulations to Cargill Inc., Wayzata, Minn., which was recently named the Overall Best Recognition Culture by Recognition Professionals International.
Wellness Incentives Take Center Stage
As more organizations get serious about incentivizing employee behaviors, it was only a matter of time before employee wellness became a target. Because
Fireman's Fund Program Saves Lives
Looking for a creative employee engagement program that energizes your people, gives back to your community, and builds your business?
Celebrate Charity
There's a wide range of ways you can support charitable activities. For example, you could allow all employees a day or an afternoon off the job to work
Employees Are the Brand
In the recognition field, the big buzz at September's Motivation Show was about MGM Grand Las Vegas. The hotel's recognition program was awarded the 2007
Tektronix: Motivating Around the World
One of the leading providers of test-measurement and monitoring instrumentation, Tektronix Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., once had disjointed
A World of Recognition at Dow
The Dow Chemical Co. has tens of thousands of employees in every corner of the globe. The company bases its recognition strategy on building a culture

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