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Books *Articles * Links


Why list these books?  Learning new things and thinking creatively is at the heart of performing recognition events with a small budget. These books have been recommended by people I work with as thought provoking and compelling. They are not always about recognition per see, however they ARE about new ways of perceiving. One way recognition doesn’t always work for everyone! Please enjoy this list and send me your thoughts on books that have inspired you! THANKS.

  • Fish!
  • 365 Ways to Motivate and Reward Your Employees Every Day- With Little or No Money,Dianna Podmoroff
  • Make Their Day!, Cindy Ventrice, site: www.maketheirday.com  For those of you that read the 2003 edition a NEW update has been released in Many 2009, check it out! Cindy Ventrice knows her stuff! This book is full of facts, examples, things to do and pitfalls that you don’t want to land in. She is a local writer, Speaker in Northern CA.
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins – what makes companies great
  • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink – discusses how creativity or right brain thinking will be the more important skill in the future.
  • Our Iceberg is Meltingby Kotter – short fun book…story about change from the perspective of a penguin colony.
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution by Thomas Friedman.
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differentlyby Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World by Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro
  • The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Goldstein, Martin, Cialdini
  • Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter) by Garr Reynolds
  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Graceby Gordon MacKenzie
  • 75 Cage Rattling Questions to Change the Way You Work: Shake-Em-Up Questions to Open Meetings, Ignite Discussion, and Spark Creativity by Dick Whitney and Melissa Vagnoli
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

I like the last one. And the Stuck and Unstuck books must cancel each other out!

Let’s try to think of some more.


How to Reward (and Retain) People When Money is Tight” Harvard Business Publishing, Christina Dielaszka-DuVernay, June 3, 2008.


STAY CURIOUS………. Keep looking for new ideas! ……… Be Creative!

Jacqueline Smith
Palo Alto, CA    July 2009