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carrot and stick

A motivational tactic that uses a reward and punishment system to encourage improved performance or behavior. Companies are slowly learning that the carrot and stick approach to management is ineffective—employees are much more motivated to do a better job when they are recognized for their hard work.
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carrot and stick

Reward and punishment used as persuasive measures, as in Management dangled the carrot of a possible raise before strikers, but at the same time waved the stick of losing their pension benefits . This term alludes to enticing a horse or donkey to move by dangling a carrot before it and, either alternately or at the same time, urging it forward by beating it with a stick. [Late 1800s]
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carrot and stick

COMMON If someone uses a carrot and stick method to make you do something, they try to make you do it, partly by offering you rewards and partly by threatening you. But Congress also wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force both sides to negotiate an end to the war. With the announcement that the hostages are to be released, it appears that Washington's new carrot-and-stick policy may already have brought results. Note: Carrot and stick are used in many other structures with a similar meaning. Protests continued, however, so the authorities substituted the carrot for the stick. When the Security Council waves a stick at an offending country, the secretary-general can also offer a carrot as encouragement. Note: The idea behind this expression is that an animal such as a donkey can be encouraged to move forward either by dangling a carrot in front of it or by hitting it with a stick. The carrot represents the tempting offer and the stick represents the threat.
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carrot and stick

the promise of reward combined with the threat of force or punishment.
The image in this expression is of offering a carrot to a donkey to encourage it to move and using a stick to beat it if it refuses to budge.
1998 New Scientist And if your powers of persuasion prove insufficient, here's a carrot and stick policy.
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the carrot and/or (the) stick

rewards offered to somebody to persuade them to do something or try harder, and/or punishment threatened if they do not: She favoured a carrot-and-stick approach to teaching.
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Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne said that he welcomed anything that eased the financial burden on people suffering an illness and relatives who were prevented from visiting due to high parking charges but that the government had no power to force hospital trusts to follow its guidelines, adding: "The government are trying to use the carrot and stick approach without a carrot or a stick.
Mehman-Parast also said that the request made by some western countries for further negotiation with Iran over its nuclear activities shortly after the adoption of the anti-Iranian resolution was in line with the West's carrot and stick approach, adding that such a policy only works in the West itself.
Manco Mitevski concludes for Utrinski Vesnik that when elements of threat of global interests are noticed, the international strategists use the carrot and stick approach.
When our political masters landed on league tables as a good way of driving up standards, value for money and quality of service, they were taking a carrot and stick approach to curing a big headache.
BEING in the food industry, you'd expect me to believe in the carrot and stick approach to management, but not everybody in my position seems to agree.
The Good Guy guaranty uses the classic carrot and stick approach.
As part of the carrot and stick approach to immigration, Congress should pass a law that says that no person who is caught in the United States illegally will ever be granted U.
The Government used to talk about a carrot and stick approach to persuade us to use our cars less.
Supporters of SMART propose to take this carrot and stick approach to the next level, using it to achieve uniformity and reform among all states and across a breathtakingly broad swath of the insurance regulatory landscape.
The carrot and stick approach to reviving legitimate sales involves offering a wider array of music sales venues ranging from traditional retail shops to on-line retailers and legitimate music download sites.
He said: "There needs to be a carrot and stick approach.
Photo The carrot and stick approach to get a child to eat "good" foods may backfire in later years, according to experts.
Through this measure, we're using the carrot and stick approach to helping reduce the City's deficit and increasing government efficiency," Mayor Frank Jordan said.