About Dr. Bob

Dr. Bob Nelson is considered one of the world’s leading experts on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition and rewards.  He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company located in San Diego, California that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems.

He has worked with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies and has presented on six continents. He is a co-founder of Recognition Professionals International and previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) for 10 years as his vice president, chief of staff and ghost writer.

Dr. Nelson has sold 5 million books on management and motivation, which have been translated into 37 languages, including:

  • 1501 Ways to Reward Employees
  • 1001 Ways to Engage Employees 
  • The Management Bible
  • Employee Recognition and Engagement For Dummies
  • The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook
  • 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work
  • Please Don't Just Do What I Tell You: Do What Needs To Be Done!
  • Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies Do to Get Results in Tough Times
  • Ubuntu: An Inspiring Story of an African Principle of Teamwork and Collaboration

He has appeared extensively in the national media including CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, National Public Radio and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Inc., and other media to discuss how to best motivate today’s employees.

He holds an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and received his PhD in management with Dr. Peter F. Drucker “The Father of Modern Management” at the Drucker Graduate Management School of Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. He teaches in the MBA program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California in San Diego.

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