Author: Bill Sims JR.
Review: I enjoyed this book and it made me think about what I can offer my children when they do a great job on something or I want them to do a great job on something. I have one that just hates school and he gets great grades, but is bored. We have a point system for getting up and getting dressed in the morning and it works pretty well, but some days it isn't enough and it is a battle to get going. Also his wants with those points keep getting bigger and it he feels it’s not big enough he doesn't care…so we have moved back down the scale to video game time or no video game time, that is working so far. I think that is one of the problems with positive reinforcement…you keep having to up the ante or they start to think why bother? Maybe that is kids only….I don’t know.
As a teacher I can tell you that positive reinforcement works well in most situations until the students decide that they are tired of what is being offered and want something new or different, also does it really help them learn to be better students or just better at doing what is needed to get the carrot? I don’t know. I just finished a book about offering choices, real choices instead of positive reinforcement…let the kids decide what is going to happen and help them learn that way instead of trying to pay them off for good behavior.
This book is great if dealing with adults or unpleasant tasks that need to be done, but for as much as the author promotes it….I don’t know how far positive reinforcement will get you after using it over and over again…somehow we need to instead work on motivation so that the person getting the positive reinforcement feels rewarded by the job alone and not really by the kind words or carrots. This is a sticky area and one that really needs more investigation and study.
Not a bad book if you need to get someone to do something and they really don’t want to do it.
Published: Published November 5th 2012 by GreenbeanLeadership
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: Green Beans and Ice Cream? At first glance, they don't sound like they go together. But this groundbreaking new book from author Bill Sims, Jr. shows you how the two will combine for your favorite recipe by the first paragraph. It will change forever the way you deal with your family, customers, coworkers, students, and yes, even your spouse! In Bill's thirty year history, he has helped design more than one thousand behavior change systems that have produced tremendous gains in performance and profits at America's top companies including Disney, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, General Motors, and Dupont. Hidden in this book you will find Bill's "secret sauce," and the recipe for rapid, sustainable behavior change and engagement--Positive Reinforcement (PR+) The book explains why positive reinforcement is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Use it wisely, and performance moves off the chart. Use it poorly, and the results can be disastrous. Green Beans & Ice Cream analyzes over 100 years of research in the field of human behavioral science, and compares it to "real world, in the trenches" true stories that Sims recounts. It points out clearly that the thing we need the most, is the thing we often receive the least-positive reinforcement and feedback from those around us. Using the techniques outlined in this book, you can master the remarkable power of positive reinforcement, and make a real difference in the world around you. This book is for everyone who must lead others. Whether in the family, the school, or the workplace, it is a "must read" for anyone who wants to improve the performance of their team. With this first book, Sims has dropped a stone in the still pond of leadership. The waves will only get bigger.
Author Biography: Bill Sims, Jr., is President of The Bill Sims Company, Inc. For more than 40 years, the Bill Sims Company has created behavior based recognition programs that have helped large and small firms to inspire better performance from employees and increase bottom line profits. Bill’s book entitled Green Beans & Ice Cream-The Definitive Recipe for Employee Engagement, Motivation and Recognition is based on this seminar and his experience having built more than 1,000 recognition programs since. More than 1,000 firms have benefited from consulting with Bill, including Dupont, Siemens VDO, Coca-Cola, and Ford, to name a few.
Bill Sims has spoken at the ASSE’s annual PDCs in San Antonio, Baltimore and recently in Chicago to international HSE professionals and corporate management. He has been a keynote speaker at vast number of conferences globally; for example; the IOSH/NIOSH in Scotland, the Saudi Council of Engineers and at many more locations in the Middle East, Europe, Australia, South Africa and more.
Bill consistently gets high ratings of nearly 95% from attendees. Bill was a keynote speaker at the Annual N.C. Workman’s Comp Education Conference and at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo. He has already been booked by the ASSE Middle East and Kuwait chapters to address large number of international conference delegates – about 1000 in Bharain and over 500 in Kuwait representing technical and corporate management executives from the major Middle Eastern oil, gas, petrochemicals companies and also from their multibillion dollar associated expansion construction project corporations.