Recognition On the Radio
By Kristina Dmytriv
November 15, 2011
For almost two years, Roy Saunderson and S. Max Brown have been advising employers on how to boost worker morale through recognition and incentives. For just an hour, one day a week, Real Recognition Radio discusses a topic that is of growing importance across every organization and workplace: employee recognition, rewards, and leadership. The online talk show was launched in February 2010 on the VoiceAmerica Business Network by the principals of Recognition Management Institute (RMI), and the number of listeners, as well as the wait list for potential speakers, soon shot upward. The show is based on the principle that work should be enjoyed and not endured, and its two hosts are going to tell you exactly how to do it.
“Real Recognition Radio allows us to connect and learn from some of the world’s great leaders, academics, and thinkers,” says Roy Saunderson, president of RMI, a division of Rideau, and a columnist for Incentive. “ I think this helps give our listeners new insights and depth on foundational topics that build relationships and inspire greatness”.
The idea for Real Recognition Radio came from Rideau's CEO Peter Hart. He wanted to combine Brown’s expertise in leadership management and communication with Saunderson’s vision of employee recognition with the latest trends, data, and ideas of great leaders and then present fresh ideas on a weekly basis to corporate executives, managers, academics, and HR practitioners.
The show brings in guests from major corporations, best-selling authors, and leaders that specialize in workforce motivation and recognition. Guests such as Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup; Peter Aceto, CEO of ING Direct Canada; and best-selling authors like Daniel Pink, Laura Hillenbrand, and Kim Kouzes have all shared their successes and failures when it comes to employee recognition and incentives. Guests provide valuable information that directly influences executives and employees and how they can build a more positive workplace.
By posing questions that are relevant and current, each segment of the radio show is able to provide its listeners with practical solutions to everyday workplace problems. The show not only gives employers ideas about motivating their employees but also provides employees with advice on self-improvement and what they can do to gain the most out of their careers. On a recent broadcast, former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author Alexandra Levit discussed how to avoid falling for workplace myths like overnight success and how employees can reach the pinnacle of their careers.
By applying the practices Saunderson and Brown discuss on-air, companies like Southwest Airlines and Zappos are able to differentiate themselves from the competition.
“The show is all about abundance! We share valuable information with listeners and celebrate those who work to make the workplace better. Our best shows always give credit to others . . . our guests constantly do more to be of value to others than they do focusing on themselves,” says S. Max Brown. “But more than just being abundant and generous with information that can directly influence executives and employees, Real Recognition Radio is purposeful. We are on-air to promote great workplaces and to give guidance to people to thrive at work and thereby do better in their personal lives, as well.”
According to S. Max Brown, companies enjoy higher profitability when people are engaged, and “that engagement comes from social recognition, support, trust, and the credibility of great leaders who work to make those around them successful.”
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