Just when you thought incentive awards were about as over the top as they could get …

Last year, after awarding a Dodge Viper to a top performer, management at IBM's Tivoli Systems division was looking for something even more spectacular to fire up the sales troops. The Austin, Texas, software developer decided to present the two outstanding team members with debit cards worth $50,000 in private jet time. The winners were free to use the time as they pleased with their families, friends, and business associates.

“I went to one of the kickoffs, and people were just blown away because they hadn't heard of anything like it,” says Paul A. Svensen Jr., vice president of sales for Executive Business Jets, which provided the debit cards.

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