Defining Award, Reward, and Recognition

Accountability never succeeds without making work consequential. And part of making performance matter is in providing for reward, award, and recognition. For our purposes, we define these terms as follows: Reward: The benefits obtained as a result of an action taken or a job well performed. Such rewards can be both extrinsic (such as a … Read more

I’m Loving It! Behind the Scenes at McDonald’s Hamburger University

Last year, McDonald’s Hamburger University celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 1961, the first Hamburger University met in a basement of a McDonald’s restaurant. Its first class of 15 students would graduate from this training center. Today, in a beautiful park-like setting in Oak Brook, IL and in locations worldwide, more than 5,000 restaurant managers, mid-managers and … Read more

Hamburger University at 50

Celebrating the same birthday as mine, McDonald’s Hamburger University turned 50 this year. So before 2011 is over, I wanted to acknowledge this major corporate university which has trained some 80,000 restaurant managers, mid-managers and owner/operators over the years. Courses are taught in some 28 languages. And another university was established in China, where according … Read more