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About Derek Irvine

Author photoDerek Irvine is an internationally minded management professional with over 20 years of experience helping global companies set a higher ambition for global strategic employee recognition, leading workshops, strategy meetings and industry sessions around the world. His articles on fostering and managing a culture of appreciation through strategic recognition have been published in Businessweek, Workspan and HR Management. He is currently Head of Strategic Consulting for Globoforce and splits his time between Dublin, Montreal and Boston. Follow Derek on Twitter at @globoforce.

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Posts by Derek Irvine

How to Stop Talking AT Your Employees

Submitted by Derek Irvine on May 20th, 2011

Employees want to understand their role in the big picture of your business. But simply telling them the big picture doesn’t accomplish the goal. You have to make that big picture real in their everyday work. Recognizing your employees in a strategic way can make a difference.

Posted in Communication, Performance | Comments (1)

“What, Exactly, Do You Want Me to Do?” Factors of Change

Submitted by Derek Irvine on May 10th, 2011

With your change initiative, your employees may agree the value of the proposed change, but if they don’t know how to contribute to making that change happen, you’re not going to get anywhere.

Posted in Change, Communication | Comments (0)

Why Focusing on Shareholder Value Is Wrong

Submitted by Derek Irvine on April 30th, 2011

Are you focused, before all else, on increasing shareholder value as the best marker of company success? If so, you are aiming for the wrong target. By focusing instead on customer satisfaction and employee engagement, financial success will follow naturally.

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Fear or Excitement: Employee Attitude Closely Tied to Company Success

Submitted by Derek Irvine on April 20th, 2011

For your company to succeed, drive out fear of failure in employees. Recognize and praise workers when they show the right behavior in your organization.

Posted in Communication, Performance, Talent | Comments (0)

More How and Why; Less What

Submitted by Derek Irvine on April 10th, 2011

Employees usually know the “what” aspect of their goals. Their understanding is much less for the “how” and the “why” it’s important that they achieve their goals. Focusing on these aspects of the goals is a powerful motivator.

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Stop Turning Rewards into an April Fools Prank

Submitted by Derek Irvine on April 4th, 2011

Does your rewards and recognition program encourage employees to game the system? Is it focusing on recognizing and rewarding the right behaviors? If not, your program could be doing your organization more harm than good.

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