In a dimly lit wine cellar, we turn to our meal. I am at a corporate dinner filled with executives from fascinating backgrounds. But there is one particular conversation, being led by a fascinating gentleman, that is entirely reframing for me what it means to be a leader.
You know you’ve felt it. You want your team passionately engaged about your shared mission, business, project. You want to generate the energy of a start-up fueled on pizza and dreams in a garage. And yet your corporate incentive system falls flat. We got a chance to hear from someone who has dissected exactly why so many incentive programs fail to generate the motivation you need to forge a truly great team: Paul E. White, Ph. D., the coauthor of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, and Sync or Swim. Learn from his advice below.