The 24-Carrot Manager

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If you manage people, The 24-Carrot Manager is an indespensable tool. Find out how a seemingly insignificant think like a carrot coul make a big difference in you work and in your life.

"After sinking my scarce time into a book, I do a rough return on investment (ROI) calculation by asking two questions: 'Is this really going to build my business?' and 'How rough a slog was the book to get through?' The 24-Carrtos Manager might be my highest ROI book ever. It'll have big impact on my company . . . and it's a ...

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Overview

If you manage people, The 24-Carrot Manager is an indespensable tool. Find out how a seemingly insignificant think like a carrot coul make a big difference in you work and in your life.

"After sinking my scarce time into a book, I do a rough return on investment (ROI) calculation by asking two questions: 'Is this really going to build my business?' and 'How rough a slog was the book to get through?' The 24-Carrtos Manager might be my highest ROI book ever. It'll have big impact on my company . . . and it's a blast of fresh air to read." —Cliff Clive, President, Roche Consumer Heath North America

"Gostick and Elton have redrawn the boundaries on how executives should use rewards and recognition to unleash their organization's human potential. This easy-to-read book gives a 360-degree view of all the recognition tools available to us. We have no more excuses for not using them!"

—Jean-Luc Butel, President, Independence Technology, a Johnson & Company

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851545
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/25/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 466,910
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Gostick is co-author of the best-selling books The Integrity Advantage, The 24-Carrot Manager (called "a must read for modern-day managers" by Larry King), and Managing with Carrots. He has written for USA Today Magazine and Investor's Business Daily, among others, and has been featured on CNBC, MSNBC and NPR. Adrian is director of corporate communication at the O.C. Tanner Company, and has a master's degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University, where he is also a guest lecturer.

Chester Elton is co-author of the best-selling books Managing with Carrots and The 24-Carrot Manager. As a motivation expert, Chester has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and has been a guest on CNN, Bloomberg Television and on National Public Radio. A sought-after speaker and recognition consultant, Chester is VP of performance recognition with the O.C. Tanner Recognition Company. He has been a featured speaker at the HR Southwest, Incentive Magazine Forums, New York City Premium and Incentive Show, and Chicago Motivation Show. More information is available at carrotbooks.com.

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Introduction

When I (Chester) was a boy, we lived in Vancouver, British Columbia. One day I was walking in a downtown park with my father. A homeless woman was pushing a cart toward us, and as she passed she dropped something. My father bent down, picked up the item, handed it to her, and held her by the arm for a moment. Then, in his characteristic way, he said something that made her laugh.

Without a doubt, he made her day. But as we walked away, my eight-year-old sensibilities were horrified. "Dad," I whispered, "You shouldn't talk to those kind of people."

My father smile and said something I will always remember: "Chester, be kind to everyone—everyone's having a hard day."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 3

Foreword 5

Introduction7

The 24-Carrot Manager 17

No Pain, No Gain 24

Carrots Improve Your Eyesight 35

Pick Your Carrots Wisely 45

It's All in the Presentation 68

Keep Your Eye on the Harvest 81

Make Formal Milestones Moments Worth Remembering 93

Keep On Growing 99

Endnotes 106

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Introduction

In this companion volume to their successful Managing with Carrots, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton present a remarkable story of how a great leader can unleash human potential, creating success in either good economics or bad. Providing strategies and solutions for the managers of today, this book offers answers for improving employee commitment and profitability through strategically acknowledging employee effort. How is done? The answer is deceptively simple: with carrots.
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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    Small Book Powerful Punch

    A couple of years ago, we used this book as the theme for our nation-wide HR. It was very well received.

    Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton have given timely advice on how a great leader can unleash human potential. As our economy continues to spiral downward (with no clear end in sight) the lessons delivered are (and will be becoming) more critical to not only our success but very survival.

    The book gives great tips on ways of providing solutions for the managers by offering answers for improving employee commitment by building an employee acknowledgment culture into our organizations.
    I wrote about this topic in Wingtips with Spurs. However, I just devoted a single chapter to this important issue. The authors have provided a plethora of illustrations regarding:
    * Choosing the right reward for each employee,
    * The timing of the reward to motivate performance,
    * Effectively presenting rewards,
    * When to give praise in private and when to make it a public celebration,
    * Motivating employees to work harder and work smarter with the company's goals in mind.

    The book is laid out in a very easy to read format with natural progression through the reward process. I also appreciated that while taking the subject seriously, the authors never take themselves seriously.

    This small book would be a good ROI for supervisors and managers.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    This book deserves 5 stars

    Great book to show managers how to deal with day to day activities. I also recommend Optimal Thinking by Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D. for managers to take the next step and become optimizers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    A 24-karat winner!

    Gostick and Elton have done it again. This time they've woven a cleaver story together with thoughtful insight and straight-forward HR advice to create a book that should circulate through the management ranks of every organization bent on success. It will soon circulate through ours! 'The 24-Carrot Manager' is a fast read with a bushel-basket full of ideas on how to motivate and retain the best employees in any organization. More importantly, 'The 24-Carrot Manager' underscores why employee motivation is central to YOUR success as a manager. It'll take less than a few hours to read it. The insights will last you a lifetime. It's a 24-karat winner!

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