Thought Leaders & Content Contributors

Dr. Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob NelsonBob Nelson, PhD, is one of the world’s leading authorities on engaging, recognizing and retaining employees. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc. (, a management training and consulting company located in San Diego, California; an Executive Strategist for HR Issues; and a leading international advocate (he has presented on six continents) for employee recognition and engagement for more than 20 years. He has worked with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies to help improve strategies, systems and programs for better motivating employees to achieve exceptional performance and has been named a Top Thought Leader by the Best Practice Institute. He previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) as a vice president, chief of staff and primary writer and currently serves as a personal coach for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith (What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There), the #1-ranked executive coach in the world.

Dr. Nelson has sold over 4 million books on management and employee motivation, which have been translated into 37 languages, including 1501 Ways to Reward Employees (which sold 1.7 million copies), The 1001 Rewards and Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies do to Get Results in Tough Times, The Management Bible, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work, Please Don’t Just Do What I Tell You—Do What Needs to Be Done!, Ubuntu! The Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration, his most recent book, Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies.

He has appeared extensively in the national and international media including CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio; and is a frequent expert resource for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Fortune and Inc. magazines. 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”) from The Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management School at Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, where his doctoral dissertation was on "Factors that Encourage or Inhibit the Use of Non-Monetary Recognition by U.S. Managers." He teaches organizational behavior for the MBA program at the Rady School of Management of the University of California in San Diego.