Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose

This is a brilliant, 10 minute video of a talk by Dan Pink, based on his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

In it he explains academic studies that show that, for non-mechanical tasks, people don't necessarily work better if they're promised more reward.

He goes on to explain that for non mechanical jobs three factors are more important -

Autonomy - being allowed to work the way you want,
Mastery - being able to do soemthing you enjoy to get better at it,
Purpose - the feelign that you're doing something for the good of others or the world.

It's very similar to an observation in Ian McEwan's novel The Child In Time, where he says 'no one works more productively than a child at play'.

10 minute video. Well worth your time!

1 comment:

Stephen said...

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about drive, motivation, compensation, and incentives.


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