Incentive Podcast: Motivation Lessons From the Military

Ahead of Veterans Day, a pair of veterans offer insights from their experiences.


When someone talks about motivation in the military, we might picture a harsh drill sergeant demanding 20 pushups -- or else. But the armed forces have developed much more sophisticated means of inspiring hard work and outstanding performances than the movies might lead you to believe. It's no wonder, then, that those who serve often go on to successful careers as leaders in a wide range of other industries, bringing with them the management skills and insights they learned during their time in the military. On this episode of Incentive: What Motivates, just in time for Veterans Day, we speak with two incentive and motivation experts who also are veterans of the U.S. armed forces. 

First we speak with Bill Bryson, CEO of employee engagement and sales incentive company MotivAction. He was an officer in the U.S. Army and has served at the helm of MotivAction since 1985 -- with his company recently earning its status as a veteran-owned business. After that is Dennis Brouwer, CEO of The Brouwer Group LLC, which helps companies to achieve peak performance by focusing on leadership and teambuilding. He is a former Navy flight officer, mission commander, author of The Return on Leadership, and speaker represented by Goodman Speakers.

They offer up some leadership lessons they learned while serving and how they've applied these insights to the work they do today. They have some great tips learned in the military that every manager can apply when it comes to motivating their teams -- no pushups necessary.