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Ep 108. Bob Glazer: Building the Healthy and High-Performing Company

By Work and Life with Stew Friedman

Bob Glazer is the CEO of Acceleration Partners, a global performance marketing agency, and the Founder and Chairman of Brandcycle.  He’s also an alum of the University of the University of Pennsylvania. Under Bob’s leadership, Acceleration Partners has become a recognized global leader in the affiliate marketing industry, receiving numerous industry and company culture awards, including Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards, Ad Age’s Best Place to Work, Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture, Inc. Magazine’s Best Place to Work, Great Place to Work, Fortune’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces, and Boston Globe’s Top Workplaces. Bob was also ranked #2 in Glassdoor’s list of Top CEOs of Small and Medium Companies in the US. He is a past recipient of the Boston Business Journal “40 under 40” award and the author of the international bestseller, Performance Partnerships. He publishes a weekly newsletter, Friday Forward featuring all sorts of ideas for building capacity. His next book, Elevate: Push Beyond Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others, will be released in September 2019.  In this episode Bob and Stew discuss the creative methods Bob and Acceleration Partners have used to attract, retain, and engage employees and honor their lives outside of work. For example, instead of giving small bonuses to all employees, a few employees are granted the resources to make a dream come true.  Other employees, those not selected, are deeply appreciative of working in an organization that really cares about its people. Bob’s done away with the typical annual performance review, he focuses on outcomes versus busy work. Stew and Bob discuss how focusing on a few core values and setting clear and consistent goals helps drive employee retention, a healthy organization, and customer satisfaction.  AP’s success testifies to the power of Bob’s progressive approach to elevating people to perform at their best in all parts of their lives.

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