Podcast Episode 92
with our guest Dr. Bob Nelson

Improving Employee Recognition with Dr. Bob Nelson


Dr. Bob Nelson is the bestselling author of multiple business management and employee engagement books, including 1,001 Ways to Engage Employees, Recognizing & Engaging Employees for Dummies, and 1,001 Ways to Reward Employees. He is the world’s leading expert on employee recognition, motivation, and engagement and has sold over 5-Million copies of his books, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Bob is a long-time collaborator and confidante of Dr. Ken Blanchard, the co-author of The One Minute Manager. He has earned notable recognition and awards, including the 2019 Top 20 Global Management Guru Award by Global Gurus. He has presented keynote speeches, webinars, and presentations on topics related to employee recognition, management, motivation, and engagement and has been featured in mainstream media publications, including The New York Times, CNN, 60 Minutes, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and BusinessWeek.

Dr. Bob Nelson joins me today to discuss what it was like having Peter Drucker as a mentor and teacher. He explains what it really means to recognize your employees and shares tips and ideas on how employers can make employee recognition and engagement part of their daily management routine. We discuss what is required to create a great workplace culture and why accountability matters. We discuss strategies for giving effective feedback to your team and how to effectively acknowledge our colleagues, co-workers, and employees. We also discuss what ‘management’ truly means in the workplace and strategies managers can use to become more effective leaders.


“Don’t do stuff just to be nice. Do stuff to rally around performance that matters at the individual and group basis and organizational basis.” – Dr. Bob Nelson

Show Notes

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Bob’s upbringing and his journey to becoming the world’s leading authority on employee recognition, motivation, and engagement
  • Bob’s experiences and the lessons he learned from Peter Drucker
  • How he helps organizations improve employee engagement and recognition
  • The importance of making employee recognition and engagement a top priority within your organization
  • Effective strategies you can use to increase their employee engagement
  • How to hire, train, and evaluate leaders and employees
  • The characteristics of a great leader and the importance of being a good role model for future leaders within your organization
  • How to address poor-performing employees, the concept of a ‘human relations bank account,’ and strategies to reward good performance
  • Managing employee expectations by being straight-forward and sincere
  • The importance of focusing employee recognition on their performance instead of their presence

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