Meet Dr. Bob

Meet Dr. Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob is the world’s leading authority on employee recognition, motivation and engagement.¬†He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company specializing in helping organizations improve management practices, programs and systems. Dr. Bob is a much sought-after Keynote Speaker, Consultant and Executive Coach. Throughout his career, he has worked with the very best:

"At WD-40 Company, Employee Engagement is a key aspect of our company culture & success. Ninety-nine percent of our associates are excited to tell others where they work and our overall Employee Engagement score is 93 percent. We've worked hard to create & maintain our culture & using Dr. Bob's resources & having him present to all our leaders worldwide has been an integral part of that strategy."

Garry Ridge, CEO


  • #1 Ranked Recognition & Rewards Consultant, HR TECH Outlook
  • Senior Fellow, Human Capital, The Conference Board
  • Top Thought Leader, Best Practice Institute
  • Top Global Employment Influencer, EE Awards
  • 2019 Top 20 Global Management Guru, Global Gurus


Dr. Bob has sold over 5 million books on management, employee motivation and engagement. Translated into 30+ languages, these books include:


  • Appears extensively in national and international media
  • Writes a blog for The Conference Board & Incentive magazine¬†







MBA, Organizational Behavior



PHD, Management Education (with Peter Drucker – Father of Modern Management)


“Factors that Encourage or Inhibit the Use of Non-Monetary Recognition by Managers”


Rady School of Management