Dr. Bob Nelson is considered one of the leading authorities on employee recognition, motivation and engagement. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems and has worked with 4/5s of the Fortune 500. He is co-founder of Recognition Professionals International and worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager” for ten years.
Dr. Bob has sold 4 million books on management and employee motivation, including 1001 Ways to Reward Employees now in a new edition entitled 1501 Ways to Reward Employees. He also authored 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook, The Management Bible, Keeping Up in a Down Economy, and Ubuntu! An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Cooperation.
He has appeared extensively in the national media including CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Inc. magazines to discuss how to best motivate today’s employees.
He received an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and earned his PhD in management with Dr. Peter Drucker, “The Father of Modern Management,” at The Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management School of the Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. He teaches organizational behavior for the Rady School of Management at the University of California in San Diego.