Dear Karen Pryor,
I read "Don't Shoot the Dog" many years ago and became an immediate fan. It has helped tremendously with training and having fun with our two dogs and one cat. I was also very interested in sections that talked about dealing with people. As a teacher, I implemented some positive reward systems in my classroom. It has been great!
I am currently enrolled in a master's degree in which we are discussing organizational behaviour. Currenlty, we are focusing on motivational techniques for the manager. I immediately thought of your book. I have met some real resistance. People are so much more familiar with punishment and negative reinforcement. In many instances, it seems easier to give out that positive reinforcement. I am trying to convince many members of the class that positive reinforcement does work with employees in the workplace. They seem to think that many people will only respond to negative reinforcement.
Where can I find more information about the application of your techniques to the manager and employee in the workplace?
Aubrey Daniels is your man. He has built a consulting empire out of bringing operant conditioning and positive reinforcement into the workplace and corporate world: www.aubreydaniels.com. Books, big website, leading scientist in the field as well as leading businessman, forty years of success.