Food Bribery

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I take that a step further to say that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach.

That’s why I proudly declare that I am not above bribing people with food, especially coworkers.

Now, I'm not talking about doing anything unethical, but when it comes to getting people to do their jobs and maybe a little somethin' extra, I’ve used tasty treats to get things done around the office more than once. And I encourage you to do the same.

I learned this trick from a former boss of mine, a marketing exec, who - after hearing my complaints that the graphic design team was unresponsive - said, “Go get them some bagels.”

I did, and before they could even take a bite of the cream cheese-coated carb, the design team gleefully surrounded me, each one giving me an enthusiastic update on their part in the project.

Looking back, it just might have been one of the most profound professional lessons I’ve ever had; a little thoughtfulness goes a long way.


  1. Can you bring me a bagel next week? I need motivation.

  2. Hmmmm, and I thought white cheddar popcorn did the trick. I'll try the bagel next time. LOL!