Dan Pink on Motivation (TED Tuesday)

ted_logoWelcome to TED Tuesdays on the blog. Each Tuesday, I will post a video from TED with a little commentary from me on why I think it’s worth sharing. I don’t want to compete with TED itself, so I’ll be reaching back several months for these.

This first TED Tuesday features Dan Pink talking about the science of motivation and the surprises about what works and what doesn’t.

When I first saw this presentation, I had to resist the urge to send it to every boss I’ve ever had (save one) with a note saying: “You’re doing it wrong.”

the Results Only Work Environment that Dan describes is exactly what I’ve always felt made the most sense, so it was validating to hear an “expert” say what I’ve been thinking.

Please feel free to leave your own comments about the video below.


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2 Responses to “Dan Pink on Motivation (TED Tuesday)”

  1. Candy says:

    You’re right– about previous bosses– and he’s right. Nothing psych and soc people haven’t known for decades–intrinsic beats extrinsic rewards hands down. Japanese business has been catching onto this–this car manufacturers. That’s why paying teachers whose students outperform others on standardized tests doesn’t work. Great teachers teach well because they are talented, they are passionate about their work and give way above and beyond. Starting teacher’s salary is around 40K in Ont. Not much extrinsic there for someone with post grad degree. And most have to work years as supply teachers to get their foot in the door in the first place. We’ve all been to school–think how you treated supply teachers. Do you think teachers are in the field for the intrinsic or extrinsic rewards?

  2. Jerome Napieralski says:

    I care for a lot of people and do for them and I try too hard and then things go wrong and I am to blame for it. I haven’t had peace in years I am not sure i know what it is anymore. I usually keep fighting and pushing forward but the fight isn’t there I don’t see the point anymore. this article helps a lot.