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I have a story to share about recognizing innovation with non-monetary rewards. A technical architect at a certain IT company sent a programming challenge out to the busy development group, asking for creative solutions. A mystery prize was involved. Somewhat to his surprise, response was overwhelming and interesting ideas poured in. Finally came the big unveiling: everyone presented their ideas and a winner was announced.

The prize turned out to be that the Irish development lead - who has a particularly melodic way of speaking - would record an answering machine message for the winner.

Is that creative rewards in action or what?

What a great story, Laura - thanks for sharing ... and for reminding us of the particular power of non-monetary (and non-conventional) rewards!

If I'd been the guy that won the answering machine message I would be pretty peeved. I don't think there's much people want other than money in today's business world.

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