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Summer Social - Member Appreciation & Special Guest: Dr. Bob Nelson

  • 28 Jul 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Atrium Hotel … 18700 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612


  • Each member can bring one guest

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Summer Social - Member Appreciation

Dr. Bob Nelson will be our Special Guest

July 28, 2016 [5:30 pm-8:30 pm]

Atrium Hotel

18700 MacArthur Blvd.

Irvine, CA 92612

Without our members, OCCABA wouldn't be anything! The Board wants to show you how important you are!

This year, we present the second annual Member Appreciation Summer Social. Come mingle with fellow members and enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres (the first glass of wine or beer for you and for your guest is on us)! Also, there will be a raffle.

Registration is FREE for all members (you can even bring a guest). 

Parking is complimentary as well. 


5:30-6:30 networking

6:30-7:30 Dr. Bob Nelson (guest speaker)

7:30-8:30 networking

Strategies for Recognizing & Engaging Your Workforce Research-based Strategies for Increasing Employee Recognition & Engagement in Your Organization (60min) 

The Harvard Business Review has cited “recognition given for high performance” as the most impactful driver of employee engagement and The Aberdeen Group has found the number one way Best-in-Class organizations improve employee engagement is through employee-recognition programs. Meanwhile, most employees today feel overworked and underappreciated and are less valued and more stressed for their efforts than ever before. 

Based on his most recent book, Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies and content from 1501 Ways to Reward Employees (1.7 million copies sold), Bob Nelson, Ph.D., will help you understand the link between employee recognition and engagement and how to make that connection in your organization -- even with limited time, resources or budget. 

This session will focus on core researched-based elements found in strong cultures of recognition and engagement that inspire employees to new levels of performance and help to create an exciting, positive work environment with a strong competitive people advantage for the organization. Based on recent engagement research dimensions will be presented with examples that any manager/organization can implement to create a more motivating work environment for their employees today:

  • VISION: Create a Clear and Compelling Direction
  • COMMUNICATION: Direct, Open and Honest Communication
  • AUTONOMY: Increase Employee Autonomy, Flexibility and Support
  • DEVELOPMENT: Continued Focus on Career Growth and Development
  • RECOGNITION: Recognize and Reward High Performance

Dr. Nelson will show how these elements can be brought to bear through specific techniques and applications, drawing upon his own research and doctoral work as well as experience in working with hundreds of organizations on the topic. He will show how the best companies take a focused and long-term strategic view of their employee resource that systematically integrates the engagement practices into the daily work practices of its managers, identifying and acting on opportunities in timely and specific ways. This session will be filled with specific real-life examples and techniques that can be immediately applied back on the job by attendees to systematically leverage, build and sustain a culture of recognition and engagement in their workplace. 

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 4/5s 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 4 million books on management and motivation, which have been translated into 37 languages, including 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, now in a new edition entitled 1501 Ways to Reward Employees, The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work, Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies Do to Get Results in Tough Times, and 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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