7 Unusual Ways to Motivate Your Employees

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Write to Them—By Hand

Stanley McChrystal, the retired four-star U.S. Army general who served as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was once 'boss' to more than 150,000 service members. But that didn’t stop him from losing touch with his subordinates. The general says he sent out more than 2,000 thank-you notes to his troops each year. "I used to get thank-you notes for my thank-you notes," he said in his keynote speech at the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 Conference. "I'd find them framed in [the troops' bunk] areas."