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A Carrot a Day: A Daily Dose of Recognition for Your Employees Paperback – Other Calendar, September 10, 2004
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In this third installment of the Carrots business books (following The 24-Carrot Manager), authors Gostick and Elton continue to urge managers to dangle these bright, crunchy sticks in front of their employeesmetaphorically speaking. A symbol of recognition, reward and positive reinforcement, the Carrot creates an environment in which workers will propel themselves to an excellence that lies just beyond their grasp. Organized like a page-a-day calendar, the book parcels out the sometimes unwieldy Carrot philosophy in manageable doses, offering inspirational anecdotes and cautionary tales (pity the employee who received a company mug for a million-dollar deal); examples of simple yet memorable employee rewards (a balloon bouquet, the use of your coveted parking spot for a week); and sensible psychological insights (e.g., "When we are complimented for our efforts and good work... we gain the power to overcome obstacles and problems because we know people support and believe in us"). The idea that a steady diet of Carrots helps promote a sound, healthy business ties the book together, visually and thematically. But sometimes, the pages grow repetitive and, in lieu of some tepid reminders to boost self-esteem, the authors could have devoted some days to exploring an interesting corollary to their primary message, one they give only cursory mention in the introduction: the blunders of well-meaning managers who offer rewards for effort alone, regardless of excellence.
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Employees fed a steady diet of carrots focus better on company goals. They spot new opportunities faster. They have longer employment life spans (translation: lower turnover). And they can lift companies higher than you might have dreamed possible.
In this engaging and often hilarious book, recognition experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton offer you 365 easy-to-use recognition ideas, hints and pieces of advice. Read one a day and you will become a better leader-a manager who is able to tap the power of recognition to build a stronger workplace where people come, stay and are committed to your goals.
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It is set up in a format where you can have a daily reminder that employee recognition is good and that is the best part of the book.
Definitely not a must have but a decent addition for your bookshelf.
This book gives you 365 ways to motivate your staff with appreciation, thanks, and recognition. Something you can do everyday of the year to show your subordinates they are valued. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Get this book and get busy giving, trust me the return on your giving will be priceless!
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