Rewards. We all love ‘em. Sure, it’s not like you’ll ever turn down your yearly bonus. But don’t you find that the luster of a shiny bonus wears off year after year? That the appreciation you’re meant to feel, now feels almost… expected? Businesses are built by humans, for humans. So, why not invest in a system created specifically for the human mind? This is where the science of variable rewards comes in.
As a manager of a creative team, you know that it’s no easy job! Tracking progress, motivating your team, and finding the balance between guidance and leaving enough space for creativity is a challenging task. So how can you be hands-off, while still creating the structure and motivation needed for your team to do their best work?
Sales is hard. (Yep, we said it so you don’t have to) It’s okay to acknowledge that what you and your team do is a daily grind and isn’t for the faint of heart. As a sales manager, how do you solve the age-old industry problem of: How do you motivate your sales team? How do you leave them feeling empowered? We here at Surprise believe we have the answer for you, but it may not be what you think.
People are doing their jobs well. Okay, well enough. They hit their marks, they fill their quotas, they don’t make many mistakes. They’re fulfilling their job descriptions, adequately. And they’re languishing... First, it’s best to assume that complacency exists. What are the signs to look for?
Managing a team that works completely remotely can be challenging. It’s totally normal for teams to feel that lack of togetherness they once had. Working remotely just isn’t the same. Here are ways to keep your team in sync and working as a team, from all over the world.
What do Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Marie Curie all have in common? They’re widely recognized as some of the greatest innovators of all time, yes. But what made them such legendary innovators? They welcomed the element of Surprise.
Benchmarking isn’t just for the big businesses and corporate conglomerates. It’s a competitive world out there, and benchmarking is a powerful management tool that can help you and your company achieve greater success.
Recently I had a chance to sit across the digital divide with AliceAi, Surprise’s Mission master and chief motivator. Now it’s her turn to give some feedback on how Surprise feeds the accountability beast.