Autonomy, mastery, and purpose

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Bidding adieu to his last “real job” as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace.

“If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. … But that’s not happening here. You’ve got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and accelerate creativity, and it does just the opposite. It dulls thinking and blocks creativity.”(Dan Pink)

According to Daniel Pink (and backed by solid research), the current model of incentives and carrot/stick as motivational strategies are actually counter-productive when it comes to creative endeavors. Watch the video to understand why the Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose model works much better…

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