Mike Ryan

Senior Vice President of Client Strategy at Madison Performance Group

An industry authority, speaker and writer focusing on the latest trends that impact Workforce Engagement and Sales Incentive Marketing, Mike has been quoted and published in numerous media outlets and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He has advised many of the world’s leading brands and executives on how to best define and implement program strategies that deliver a higher level of motivational impact to participants, increase planning flexibility for stakeholders, and offer the financial controls and projected returns that sponsors demand.


Mike is the past president of The Performance Improvement Council (PIC), a board member of The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and a trustee and executive committee member of the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). He holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Content Featuring Mike Ryan

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A Remedy for the “Underperforming” Performance Review

October 29, 2015 | Mike Ryan

If you are looking to do away with your current process completely or are simply thinking about revamping it, your goal should be to expand the range of feedback employees receive, add credibility and transparency to the process and reduce the time it takes to prepare.

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7 Simple Steps To Prevent Employee Poaching

August 13, 2015 | Mike Ryan

Recent research suggests that while top talent is engaged in what they do, they may not necessarily be committed to who they do it for. So how can you protect yourself (and your employees) from competitive poaching and at the same time recapture their loyalty?

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Why Employee Engagement Isn’t Enough

January 7, 2015 | Mike Ryan

Find out how HR executives responsible for reward programs can realign their reward programs to foster collaboration, build internal communities of common interest and promote front-line innovations and make the brand come alive.

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Why the Science of Behavioral Economics is the Key to Getting More from Your Employee Recognition Program

February 4, 2014 | Mike Ryan

Employee recognition planners are always looking for an advantage. But is there a different way to go about designing and executing your programs? Is there a way you can more effectively influence the way employees respond to business challenges and opportunities? Is there a discipline that can drive employee engagement and revenue growth and do so with very little incremental investment? 

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Addressing Tomorrow’s Leadership Shortage Today with Employee Recognition

June 5, 2013 | Mike Ryan

Even though unemployment remains stubbornly high, businesses have struggled to attract and retain employees with the right skills sets and leadership potential they need to grow the enterprise over time. In fact, a narrowing of the leadership pipeline (defined as a global shortage of workers who possess both the abilities and attitudes of a potential leader) is putting a squeeze on the long-term goals of most businesses.