Motivation

6 Feb

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I have been a big fan of the author Daniel Pink since I read his book over summer Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. I loved the book, as it was reminiscent of Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s ideas on employee motivation — how the best path to success comes through tapping into peoples’ intrinsic motivation instead of trying to bribe them with rewards or financial incentives.

I share here a video online of Dan Pink talking at the TED Conference (18 minutes) about his book and the important ideas within.

He states if you want people to perform better, you reward them – that’s the American Way. Sounds too simplistic, right? Pink, in the video, makes the “evidence-based case for rethinking how we run our businesses.” Citing various psychology research studies, Pink shares evidence that suggests that financial incentives actual HARM performance for anything requiring the least bit of cognitive skill. “Incentives dull thinking and block creativity.” Rings a bell for our own education system in New Zealand.

Pink says the three building blocks for intrinsic motivation are:

  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose

This matches so neatly with our own curriculum. What do you think?

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