It is always incredibly interesting to me, to understand the motives and inspirations of high performing people. Few are motivated entirely by money, while most are motivated by job satisfaction, great co-workers and an environment that recognizes and appreciates hard work and exceptional talent. It is interesting to quantify what give's each person, a "fire in the belly" - that extra excitement to be exceptional in everything they do. In America, exceptionalism is part of the DNA, the culture, and every organization wants to have this mindset as well. Performance of course, will go hand in hand with wanting to do better. It seems so simple to have a recognition program as part of the process of appreciating people. We all need praise, encouragement and interesting and hard work illuminated. Crystal awards are often the best for this. Classy, dignified, and etched forever with the recipient's name, they illustrate and commend the proud new owner for their hard work and success. Why not? They are not expensive, you can order online, and you will truly be making somebody's day. Use recognition wisely... and don't dismiss it. The investment is huge... truly value the efforts of others.