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  Bob Nelson, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Nelson Motivation, Inc.

Certificates & Honorary Designations

  • Fellow, Workforce Stability Institute
  • National Speakers Association

Relevant Previous Business Experience:

Bob Nelson is founder and president of Nelson Motivation, Inc., a fast-growing, innovative training and consulting firm headquartered in San Diego, California. He is the author of 18 books. His newest book, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work, will be in bookstores in November. Two other books, 1001 Ways to Reward Employees and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, have been on the Business Week best-seller list for the last four years. Bob was selected by Time magazine to be its "Staff Management Expert" for the new TIME Vista Boardroom, an interactive business web site.

On the speaking platform, Bob provides a unique blend of insight, application, and inspiration that motivates listeners to want to take positive action. Both thoughtful and thought provoking, he challenges listeners to examine their beliefs and practices in order to improve.

Bob Nelson is a former vice president at Blanchard Training & Development and has worked as a management trainer for Norwest Bank and Control Data Corporation. He holds a MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a doctorate from the Executive Management Program of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center at The Claremont Graduate University in suburban Los Angeles.


  • 1001 Ways to Reward Employees
  • 1001 Ways to Energize Employees
  • 1001 Ways to Take the Initiative at Work
  • Managing For Dummies
  • Consulting For Dummies


  • Employee Recognition
  • Motivation
  • Productivity
  • Leadership
  • Management

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