O.C. Tanner Institute

Defining the industry.

For over 85 years, we have pioneered the recognition industry, inventing and reinventing what recognition looks like year after year. And with the eyes of the industry looking to us for what’s working, what’s new, and what’s next, we don’t need to claim thought leadership. We just need to keep on doing what we do best.

These things are better than gold—ideas, theories, values, truths. Obert C. Tanner

Global recognition and great work research.


The O.C. Tanner Institute is a global forum that researches and shares insights to help organizations inspire and appreciate great work. We regularly conduct, commission, and publish some of the most exhaustive (and referenced) studies on recognition and engagement on earth.

Regular contributors to Forbes.com


These days, everyone has a blog. And our 'a' Magazine is one of the best. But our authors also publish articles weekly on Forbes.com to help people and leaders everywhere achieve extraordinary results.

Four bestsellers.

These days, any company can write a book and claim to be a thought leader. By contrast, we write books business leaders actually read, with millions of copies sold in 20 different languages.

Great Work: How to make a difference people love

Our breakthrough New York Times bestseller by Executive VP David Sturt proves that anyone, from any background, can deliver a difference the world loves. Discover five practical skills that make it happen.

“Outstanding. A must read." – Larry King

The Carrot Principle: How the best managers use recognition to engage their people, retain talent, and accelerate performance

Based on our 10-year study of 200K managers and employees (one of the most quoted in recognition history), this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller helps leaders understand the why and how of employee recognition.

“Fascinating book!” – Fortune Magazine

The Orange Revolution: How one great team can transform an entire organization

Based on groundbreaking research and insights from exceptional teams at Zappos.com, Pepsi Beverages Company, and Apple, this New York Times bestseller unleashes the secrets to building breakthrough teams.

“This book can change your business.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos

Executive Recognition Summit.

Each year, our Executive Recognition Summit brings together top senior executives, global thought leaders, and engagement experts to explore current trends in performance management. 2015 Summit speakers include Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil and Tom Rath, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Move Sleep.

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values.

A lecture series given annually at Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and the universities of Utah, Michigan, and, California that shows how philosophy, humanities, and the arts inform our everyday lives.



Our award-winning keynotes, webinars, and training help people and companies inspire, accomplish, and appreciate great work.



Usually 60-90 minutes, these events by world-class speakers create a transformative shared experience for groups of leaders. Event-oriented and actionable. Schedule a keynote.



Our free HRCI certified webinars will help you grow in skills and knowledge. We host the industry’s leading thinkers to speak about emerging trends, best practices, and new research. See the schedule.



Our training is based on decades of experience with thousands of global clients plus our proprietary research, bestselling books, and worldwide forums on what drives people to succeed. View training.

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