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Bob Nelson, Ph.D. California
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Dr. Bob Nelson is considered one of the world's leading experts on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition and rewards. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company located in San Diego, California that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems.

He has worked with four-fifths of the Fortune 500 companies and has presented on six continents. He is a co-founder of Recognition Professionals International and previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) for 10 years as his vice president, chief of staff and ghost writer.

Dr. Nelson has sold 4 million books on management and motivation, which have been translated into 37 languages, including 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, now in a new edition entitled 1501 Ways to Reward Employees, The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work, Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies Do to Get Results in Tough Times and Ubuntu: An Inspiring Story of an African Principle of Teamwork and Collaboration.

He has appeared extensively in the national media including CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, National Public Radio and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Inc. and other media to discuss how to best motivate today's employees.

He holds an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and received his PhD in management with Dr. Peter F. Drucker "The Father of Modern Management" at the Drucker Graduate Management School of Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. He teaches in the MBA program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California in San Diego.


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  • Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work: An Overview of the Leading Labor Trends that Will Affect All Organizations in the Upcoming Years - Much has been said about the need for HR to play an integral role in the strategic leadership of their organization with the executive team. This need is no longer an option in any organization. The emerging Human Resources trends will now dominate the competitive success of every organization. In this session, leading authority and international best-selling author, Dr. Bob Nelson will share his research and insights on the emerging workforce trends as described in his book 1501 Ways to Reward Employees.

  • HR Strategies for a More Engaged Workforce: How to Increase Employee Engagement in Challenging Recessionary Times - Most employees today feel overworked and underappreciated and the Great Recession has added to this burden. During times of change when we are asking them to do more with less, they report feeling less valued and more stressed for their efforts than ever before. Based on his award-winning book, Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies Do to Get Results in Tough Times, Dr. Bob will expand your thinking of how best to leverage the potential of your staff -- even with little time, resources or budget. This session will focus on core researched-based elements found in strong cultures of engagement that inspire employees to new levels of performance and help to create an exciting, positive work environment and competitive people advantage for the organization even in tough, challenging and recessionary times.

  • Inspiring Exceptional Performance: Taking Initiative: Tap into the Initiative of Every Employee, Spark Employee Ideas and Innovation, Make Jobs More Fulfilling - Do you want to inspire exceptional performance? In this presentation, Dr. Bob will share his research and strategies for getting all employees to take initiative and be more innovative in the workplace today. He will show you how to overcome obstacles that employees are likely to encounter when pursuing new ideas and persevere with those ideas they most believe in. He will focus on the small things that can be done to start to make a BIG difference in your workplace as well as strategies employees can use for "keeping commitment to their commitment." Attendees will leave this session with a practical plan and techniques for immediate implementation back on the job. Dr. Bob shows how organizations today can create a competitive advantage through its employees by tapping into the energy, ideas and creativity of every member of the organization.

  • Motivating the Millennials: Understanding, Attracting, Motivating and Keeping the Youngest Generation that is Entering the Workplace - Dr. Bob shares his insights on the latest generation to enter the workforce, the Millennials, and how members of that generation differ in their outlook, values and expectations from previous generations in the workplace today. The Millennial Generation, those individuals born between 1980 and 2000 will soon dominate the world of work in both number and attitude. These 90 million individuals are unique from any previous generation in both their technical abilities, attitudes, outlook and expectations of work and, as such, companies will need to realign their strategic priorities to reshape the work environment to meet the expressed needs of this generation. Success in adapting to this new breed of worker will allow organizations to access and leverage the potential of the younger generation in a way that will create a significant competitive advantage for the company in achieving its mission in the marketplace. In this session, Dr. Bob will lay out the impact of this predominant shift in worker demographics, the assets and liabilities this generation brings to the workplace and show managers and executives (most of whom are Baby Boomers) how to strategically adapt to and align with the needs and expectations of these younger workers.
1501 Ways to Reward Employee Ubuntu! Keeping Up in a Down Economy The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook 1001 Ways to Reward Employees
1501 Ways to Reward Employees Ubuntu!: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies do to Get Results in ToughTimes The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook: The Complete Guide 1001 Ways to Reward Employees

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