"What’s my motivation?"

No sooner had I composed yesterday’s post when David Gurteen tweeted this TED talk in which Dan Pink talks how rewards narrow focus and restrict possibilities in creative tasks:

Dan quotes research by Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch of the London School of Economics: “We find that financial incentives… can result in a negative impact on overall performance.”

Engagement “…derives from self direction”, autonomy, mastery and purpose:

1. autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives
2. mastery – the desire to get better and better at something
3. purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

As Dan points out “…too many organisations are making decisions about talent and people assumptions which are outdated, unexamined and rooted more in folklore than in science.”

Now if Dan would just close his talk by telling us the incentives which applied to his law degree…

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