Paul Hebert asks about Recognition Crack – Are you Addicted?

This post is a wild ride today – even for me.

A blog post on today’s HBR Blog Network entitled “Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition” suggests that many of us have traded a desire to be recognized for adding value to an organization – and to ourselvesç for an unending, and unceasing quest for almost any kind of external recognition.

It is this kind of thinking I believe gets inside the heads of many executives when you hear them talk about why they don’t give more recognition at work. They are saying – without articulating it as well as

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the author of today’s HBR post – “I will recognize you – just do SOMETHING that deserves recognition.”

Read the whole post over at Symbolist (an FOT contributor blog).


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Paul Hebert
Paul Hebert is the Senior Director of Solutions Architecture at Creative Group Inc and a writer, speaker and consultant. Paul focuses on influencing behaviors and driving business results through employees, channel partners and consumers. Over the course of his career, Paul has worked closely with clients to design influence, marketing, motivation, incentive, loyalty, recognition and reward programs to increase effectiveness and reduce costs. Paul is a recognized authority on incentives and performance motivation. Want to know what’s going to motivate your people to perform at their best and impact the bottom line? Want to know whether your service award program really means anything at all? Curious what psychological principles drive sales behavior? Paul’s your guy… unless you fervently bow down to Maslow. Check out his personal blog at "What Is Paul Thinking?" when you're tired of his FOT rants.

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