Incentivizing!?!? –  Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation – TED Video

  • Intrinsic rewards & motivations vs. External
  • Autonomy (the urge to direct our own lives), mastery (the desire to get better and better at something that matters) and purpose (the hunger to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves). The time when any person experiences the most powerful sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose is when they are totally absorbed in a passionately-enjoyed leisure interest. They are totally in charge of what they want to do, how well they want to do it and what they want to achieve. Such experiences are not only enjoyable, they have a strong positive effect on self esteem, self belief, self confidence and the sense of self worth
  • Get past the ideology of carrots and sticks

“1) Inspire and be inspired.

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Emerson

2) Trust the person.

“The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your mistrust.” ~ Henry L. Stimson

3) Find what excites them, what lights them up, what drives them… Lead them towards those things!

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ~ Ferdinand Foch

4) Expect good things from them.

“If people know we expect good things from them, they will in most cases go to great lengths to live up to our expectations.” ~ Alan Loy McGinnis

5) Treat them as if they’re already living their potential.

“Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” ~ Goethe” – Shai Coggins

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