Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com. This is a great talk at a Ted conference by Daniel Pink. Daniel Pink also elaborates on his ideas in his book Drive. This talk is amusing and insightful. He recounts a number of studies and experiments that demonstrate that contrary to popular belief, performance is not improved when there is a promise of a bonus. Dan provides an excellent summary of the research on motivation — the science of motivation — and how rewards like bonuses narrow focus and creativity.
Dan also presents his ideas as to the source of intrinsic motivation.
- autonomy (the need to direct our own lives);
- mastery (the need to learn and create new things);
- purpose (the need to do better by ourselves in our world)
These are excellent sources of motivation. It is best to remember that you cannot motivate someone else: you can find out what motivates them and tap into it.
See also RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
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