Food For Thought

Dan Pink draws and talks about motivation and what makes us tick – building his argument on studies replicated by economists, psychologists and sociologists looking at what motivates us.

The higher the financial reward, the better the performance ?  Apparently that isn’t what does it…

What does motivate us to do our best?

According to Dan Pink

  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose

I got something out of this, hope you find it interesting !

12 thoughts on “Food For Thought

  1. heidi

    I reckon we need to trust less in the money and more in the joy of inventiveness in the people around us.
    Interesting and enlightening stuff, here.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I have been reading a lot about inventiveness and the role of the tweakers who make the inventions really work lately. It makes my brain buzz a bit :)

  2. Rachel K

    It is said (and I don’t know by whom) that we are happy if we can take joy in the little things in life. Probably why we all like food :)

  3. Misk Cooks

    This explains why I managed The London Forum and UK Music Forum on Compuserve and AOL for 8-years as a volunteer. A sense of purpose and accomplishment and assisting others – like the example of playing an instrument on weekends. And probably why I hammer away on a bread recipe until I’m satisfied with it. But that sure doesn’t explain why I still hate ironing – I should be loving it and getting great satisfaction from it because I give it away for free. :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      It can be fun helping out on forums, I am not much good at managing anything so all kudos to you for doing so :) I have no solution to your ironing conundrum. I iron as little as possible and put the radio on when I do :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Yeah! My wrist started aching just watching him ;) – it’s a clever bit of video, he kind of drags you along with him just to see what he is going to draw next. In this Age of Distraction seems to be what people have to do to keep your attention on the internet.

  4. cityhippyfarmgirl

    I watched this yesterday but hadn’t had a change to comment.
    I know from The Monkeys point of view, the higher the incentive the more likely they will say, see you later mama, I’m off to play with some cars.
    Interesting stuff.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I’m curious about what you say about the Monkeys’ point of view, I don’t know much about children, it being a long time since I was one and one’s memories of childhood get very distorted by the intervening years.

      I had a long discussion today with an old friend about education and what happens to so many children between the ages of five and fifteen/sixteen to turn so many of them off the process. Maybe the incentives they get offered in school are also inappropriate…

    1. Joanna Post author

      I wish I could draw like him and put an argument so clearly :) Glad to hear you liked it Celia :)

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