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Daniel Pink TED Talk The Surprising Science of Motivation

Posted by mjmedlock on October 11, 2010 in Motivation theory |

In his talk at TED Daniel Pink presented ideas about how people are motivated to solve problems using their creativity. His main message was that business was not implementing ideas that science has repeatedly proved work. More than that, they were continuing to use motivation policies that actually reduced performance!

Watch the video again if you wish and post your ideas or comments. If there are words that you don’t understand, post them in the comments and perhaps someone will provide a translation for you. Likewise, if you know the correct word in your language, please help out by providing the translation and gain big kudos with me and your fellow learners.

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5 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    The key question to answer is why aren’t business people implementing the ideas that Pink is talking about?

  • Mathis says:

    When creativity is needed, intrinsical motivation has to come first. If we imagine a painter who receives 10.000u20ac every month, but whose supervisor is destroying the work afterwards, the painter (aware of that) probably won’t produce any useful results.rnNow, where is the optimum between payment and self-realisation? We may look at the level of stress caused by each type of management. Do a broker care about his work-effects on society, when he sees all the $ or would the bank receive better results from him taking away this level of stress? The motivation that is stronger than money has to be discovered in some markets. It could be the transcendental leadership by Mr. Cardona. Pls see the following video:rnrnhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CERZMGD2zq0&feature=related

    • Anonymous says:

      Good points and a thought provoking video. He seems to be talking about harnessing the intrinsic motivation of both belonging to a group and having a shared mission.

      • Mathis says:

        The study of Pink and the system of Cardona are giving evidence to each other.rnCommitment, cooperation and change are the terms on which leadership should be developed. For some companies/ sectors it seems to be too morally, maybe, but transcendetal motivation always wins against the other two. It’s about to understand that.

  • […] There are also some perverse effects that come from rewarding people for things that they would enjoy doing without a reward. Studies have shown that if you give children who enjoy reading a financial reward for each book they read, they will start to read shorter books (more income to the kid). Furthermore, if try to fix the problem by removing the reward system, don’t be surprised if the children stop reading for pleasure. For other perversities with extrinsic rewards see previous post on Dan Pink’s TED Talk. […]

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