Instead of holding a holiday party or passing around poinsettias this year, why not take the money you would spend on these activities or gifts and donate it as a group gift to one of the many funds for victims of the September 11 tragedy. Your donation will go a long way in helping victims and agencies through this difficult time See our list of charities, beginning on page 21.
Need a Read?
This month, we're writing about a different kind of “read”: a read on your employees. Managing by Motivation: the MbM Questionnaire, by Marshall Sashkin, PhD (Human Resource Development Press), is one of the simplest, most logical tools we have seen. Once you plot employees' answers, it is clear what motivates them: safety/security; social/belonging; self-esteem; or self-actualization. Sashkin's guide then discusses what drives people with each of those four tendencies — all useful information for managers who want to tailor their motivational strategies. The questionnaire can be completed and self-scored in 15 minutes. It includes brief interpretive material as well.
Miami Beach's art deco district just keeps getting better. Opening this month at the northern part of South Beach, The Palms (which was formerly the Miami Beach Ocean Resort) is part drama, part tropical elegance, part grand escape.
Patrick Kennedy, the architect behind The Palms' $5 million transformation, describes the lobby as being worthy of a “theatrical entrance, a fusion of South American, Indonesian, and a little Silicon Valley thrown in.” The tropical gardens connect directly to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The Palms has 7,000 square feet of meeting space. All meeting rooms have high-speed Internet access, videoconferencing capability and audiovisual equipment rental.
Looking to add some sizzle to your promotional strategies? There's no better place to start your search than at Promo magazine's Web site, www.promomagazine.com This sister magazine to Corporate Meetings & Incentives is packed with case studies and explores the strategies behind companies' successful programs. Also on the site is the industry's definitive guide, The Best Promoted Brands of 2001, and information on Promo Expo, a put on by the magazine each year.