Getting and Giving Recognition at Work

The job isn't done until everyone gets the credit they deserve

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Who has time to recognize the fine work people do these days, especially with economic turmoil pushing everyone to work more with less? As a manager once told me, ”Carl, I recognize your work by letting you keep your job.” Sound familiar?

Yet deep down we all want to be recognized for our efforts. We are driven to do more when we feel appreciated, and it stunts our growth to have recognition withheld. Unfortunately, many hard-driving managers consider a pat on the back to be ”fluff,” preferring the carrot of monetary compensation for a job well done and the stick of punishment for the opposite.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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