Fascinating TED talk on what motivates people in companies, challenging traditional notions of management. Very relevant to many online companies who are looking at building new and different cultures.

(via Wendy Robb @ 20fourlabs)

5 Responses to “The surprising science of motivation”
  1. Matt: Dan Pink covers that.

    Because what it means is paying people adequately and fairly, absolutely. Getting the issue of money off the table. And then giving people lots of autonomy.

    Dan Pink doesn’t say people shouldn’t get a salary. Of course you must get compensated for your time and effort.

    But if you want them to perform really well; to go that extra mile; to turn that neat little idea into a grand solution that noone thought of before, then you must move away from extrinsic motivators; away from carrots and sticks (i.e. bonuses or beins left out of them).

  2. Very interesting … and he’s right – this is stuff we *do* know! Gosh, I hope more businesses wise up to the fact that throwing more money at creative staff does squat. To unleash potential and get the very best out of people, you absolutely *have* to allow them to work autonomously, do what they love and have fun.

  3. but i do wonder a bit what the key message is… are they saying: “you don’t have to pay your creative entrepreneurial online staff well because they don’t care about the money”. I certainly hopw not.

  4. Nice video, thanks for sharing. Interesting, totally relevant to online companies as you mentioned, and good ideas for establishing a different work place environment and helping it develop.

  5. Very cool

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