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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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From Publishers Weekly
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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From the Inside Flap
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.
Can you achieve world-class results through recognition? We all know how it feels to be appreciated and yet why do so many companies focus more on profit and less on encouragement?
Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton are the world's leading authorities on employee motivation and explain how a steady diet of "carrots" is a much wiser way to build a strong workplace. This is a place where people are committed to company goals, are much happier, live much longer and respect their employer.
What are the carrots? They are ways you inspire, challenge, encourage, reward efforts and celebrate achievements.
This book is organized by the days of the year and reminds me of a desk calendar with quotes. Each page is filled with helpful suggestions and quotes by famous people.
The ideas I loved:
A Day Off for No Reason At All - now there is a way to garner some appreciation...
Dressed for Success - Reward an employee with a shopping spree for clothes
Perform a Random Act of Kindness
No More "Good Jobs" - avoiding generic responses
There are some surprising entries, like the one on February 11 where the authors show how you can reward failure and have a positive result. Just because someone failed, doesn't mean they didn't try or take great risks.
"People are afraid to risk in their jobs, primarily because of fear that failure will bring some sort of reprisal or ridicule. When this atmosphere is present, growth and innovation are stunted." ~February 11
A Carrot A Day is an excellent resource for managers who want happy and productive employees.
~The Rebecca Review