Monday, June 21, 2010

The case for Motivation : Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

RSA Animate has drawn an insightful video based on Dan Pink's research on motivation, as printed in his book 'Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.'

Dan Pink also gave a 19 minute speech on the topic of motivation at a TED conference. The video is here:

I have two questions:

1. When faced with data that financial incentives DO NOT increase creative productivity, will you reject the facts and insist on CONTINUING to support the traditional system of bonuses and incentives for your team?

2. If you do want to improve productivity by utilizing this knowledge, HOW will you do it? How will you increase your team members' Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose? Will you give them time to work on their own ideas? Will you invest in their continuing education? Does your company produce products that benefit the greater good?

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