Friday Unwind – The puzzle of motivation

15 Mar

As a follow up to this week’s blog post, above is the corresponding TED talk from Dan Pink covering the details on his book “Drive”. The ┬átalk, which is the 8th most viewed in TED history, is both informative and entertaining.

Given the shift in work force described in this video, it is worth every leader’s time to understand how they can enable a culture of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

The good news is that the scientists who’ve been studying motivation have given us this new approach.It’s built much more around intrinsic motivation. Around the desire to do things because they matter,because we like it, they’re interesting, or part of something important. And to my mind, that new operating system for our businesses revolves around three elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose.Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. These are the building blocks of an entirely new operating system for our businesses.

all the best, kevin