Back to Basics:
Tried and True Solutions for Today's Leaders
by thirty-two ADL Associates.
Basic, essential business concepts, practices, and strategies
that are the core of an organization's success.
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or by calling (610) 358-1961 - $8.95 plus shipping and taxes.
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The Big Book of Motivational Games
by Robert Epstein and Jessica Rogers
This book is packed with over 40 original games and exercises managers can use to motivate their teams and themselves. It presents managers with a variety of games that can be customized to suit their specific needs and group size. The book provides games designed to: Stop Procrastination - Beat burnout - Fight boredom - Boost performance - Overcome failure.
FUN AND GAINS: Motivate And Energize Staff With Workplace Games, Contests And Activities
by Carolyn Greenwich. Greenwich turns in a collection of almost 100 activities gathered from
Australian business managers and consultants. They are organized into four
sections: attitude reinforcement, professionalism, sales, and communication
skills. The CD-ROM contains reproducible tools and participant certificates.
PRICELESS MOTIVATION: Quick Tips to Excite and Inspire Your Most Valuable Asset...People
by Debra Sikanas
A quick read (70 pages, softcover) on ways to recognize and reward people. Full of ideas.
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THE JOY OF RECOGNITION: Designing and Implementing a Successful Recognition Program
by Lynnette Younggren and Debra Sikanas
A complete and practical guide to creating an effective recognition program and a positive work environment. (200 pages,
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INTRINSIC MOTIVATION AT WORK: Building Energy & Commitment
By Kenneth W. Thomas, Ph.D.
What motivates people to do their best work in anything they do? Management theory and practice has traditionally focused on elements that Kenneth Thomas calls "extrinsic motivators:" pay, benefits, status, bonuses, pension plans, expense budgets, and so on. While these are powerful motivators, by themselves they are no longer enough. In today's organizations, where managers expect workers and teams to self-manage their work, intrinsic rewards are essential. This book provides comprehensive treatment of intrinsic motivation in the workplace, and is a must for understanding today's leadership.
REWARDING TEAMS: Lessons from the Trenches
By Glenn Parker, Jerry McAdams and Dave Zielinski
There is just not enough in print on team recognition, so this new offering is welcome indeed.
The book includes 27 case studies of organizations that have implemented team recognition, project team
rewards, and group incentives. The companies include large corporations such as Chase, Lotus, Merck, Rockwell and Bayer as well as small companies and nonprofits in a variety of industries. Particularly useful are the "lessons learned" and a summary of "best principles" that were culled from the cases.
1001 Ways to Reward Employees
by Bob Nelson (Click on
cassette to order the book on tape)
First printed in 1994, this little book continues to make the business
bestseller lists because of its practicality. Recognizing people for good work and good
deeds should be second-nature...but it isn't. None of us have really been taught to thank
people for their work, even if it's work that is clearly "above and beyond" the
call of duty. This little book gives us lots of ideas on how to do formal awards, informal
awards, and awards for special achievements, and the appendices are a treasure trove of
where to find specialty reward items.
301 Ways to
Have Fun at Work
by Dave Hemsath and Leslie Yerkes
Studies have shown that having fun at work pays
dividends...literally. Dave Hemsath and Leslie Yerkes have done much of the work for us by
showing us how we can energize people and build relationships with fun. The book's key
Work Environment: Giggle While You Work
Communication: Funny You Should Say That
Training: Learning the Fun-damentals
Meetings: Having Fun---Wish You Were Here
Recognition: Say It with Fun
Team Building: How to Create Fun-atics
Simple Acts of Fun
A Twelve-Step Method to Fun
Celebration: Play, Purpose, and Profit at Work by Terrence Deal and
This excellent book is divided into three primary parts:
Part 1 - The Case for Corporate Celebration
Part 2 - Forms and Uses of Celebration
Part 3 - Fundamentals of Fun
In additional to many practical tips on conducting corporate celebrations, this book
discusses the principles underlying the concepts. It also makes liberal use of case
studies to show us how others have used these celebrations.
Results! The Secret of Motivating Yourself and Others by Michael
Steel by R.C. Sproul
This is one of the most incredible stories I have ever read regarding true leadership. It
is essentially a biographical account of how one manager, Wayne Alderson, turned around a
poorly performing steel mill in Pittsburgh simply by valuing his people and modeling it in
his daily actions. The book is both interesting and insightful and a "must-read"
for anyone in a leadership position. Perhaps more than that, it gives us all something to
think about in how we relate to others.
Related Teambuilding Session: Motivation
Related Recognition Exercise:
The Power of Recognition