Blue ribbons. Gold stars. Cold, hard cash. There are many ways to reward someone for a job well done, although most of us have passed the age when receiving a gold star is enough motivation to do our best. Still, top franchisors understand that recognizing outstanding performances remains one of the best ways to motivate franchisees, general managers and staff in ah increasingly competitive marketplace. That's why franchisors ate putting more time and energy than ever before into creating incentive programs. But what is truly the most effective method when it comes to developing a reward program for franchisees and operators ? We asked several leaders of the franchising industry to share what works for them and offer tips and advice on how to design a program that will help franchise systems excel.