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Motivation in the Workplace: Surprising New Science

November 11, 2010 7 comments

Daniel Pink is the author of a phenomenal business book called Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. He has given several talks about his conclusions, including one at TED, and another at the RSA. The RSA talk has been re-edited into this very cool animation:

Pink’s book takes a look at the relative effectiveness of extrinsic motivators (e.g.¬†monetary¬†rewards, title bumps, recognition, etc.) versus intrinsic rewards (i.e. factors that make a job fulfilling for its own sake).

His conclusions are counterintuitive, which in my experience usually means that they contain a lot of wisdom.

Through Pink’s analysis on several studies on motivation – most notably from Dr. Dan Ariely of MIT and Dr. Bernd Irlenbush from the London School of Economics – Pink extrapolates the following:

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