Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dan Pink on The Science of Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.


1 comment:

Tessa said...

As a psychology major, I was really interested in this video clip that brings up or alludes to Skinner and his behaviorist theory that motivation is driven by operant conditioning––rewards and punishments but also the humanistic theory that we are driven to achieve our maximum potential. What seemed most important, however, was that both theories were useful in different circumstances. The type of business being done calls for a particular type of reinforcement (or lack of), though most businesses do not take the time/know that they should asses the work in order to maximize productivity.

Though I think what the speaker said was really interesting, he would not have impressed everyone in the audience if he had been a poor public speaker. Because he was entertaining, people were more engaged in his lecture.