The “Surprising” Science of Motivation

An interesting and highly entertaining talk by Dan Pink (former speechwriter for Al Gore, amongst other things) about the apparent disconnect “between what science knows and what business does” when it comes to the challenges of motivation and productivity. Evidently, the familiar rewards and extrinsic motivators traditionally employed in the past are actually far less effective than has been generally assumed.

While the findings of the various studies mentioned are at best marginally surprising (if only to the extent of having one’s preconceived notions about such things scientifically verified), the conclusions drawn from them don’t seem all that relevant to the majority of work environments that are inherently quite monotonous and necessarily require little (if anything) in the way of innovation or creative candlepower from employees.

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8 responses to “The “Surprising” Science of Motivation

  1. Professor Puffins Poop

    Having built up employment insurance reform as the single issue that avoided a summer election, Liberals now say it’s not an issue worthy of triggering a vote in the fall.

    Liberal Senator David Smith, a co-chairman of the national Liberal campaign, said even if his party’s talks with the government fail to produce an agreement, that alone will not be enough to warrant an election.

    That still leaves open the possibility of a no-confidence vote on other issues, such as the state of the economy, but the senior Liberal is clearly throwing cold water on election speculation as MPs prepare for a caucus retreat in Sudbury.
    Off topic, but of interest from the Globe and Mail;

    “To the extent that at some point [the government will fall], I do not believe it will be on unemployment insurance,” Mr. Smith said. “It’s an important issue and it’s an issue we want to address … but I don’t see that as the defining issue that would trigger an election.”

    Mr. Smith said his comments do not rule out a fall election however he went on to say there have already been plenty of elections recently.

  2. Professor Puffins Poop

    Off topic, but of interest from the Globe and Mail;

    Having built up employment insurance reform as the single issue that avoided a summer election, Liberals now say it’s not an issue worthy of triggering a vote in the fall.

    Liberal Senator David Smith, a co-chairman of the national Liberal campaign, said even if his party’s talks with the government fail to produce an agreement, that alone will not be enough to warrant an election.

    That still leaves open the possibility of a no-confidence vote on other issues, such as the state of the economy, but the senior Liberal is clearly throwing cold water on election speculation as MPs prepare for a caucus retreat in Sudbury.

    “To the extent that at some point [the government will fall], I do not believe it will be on unemployment insurance,” Mr. Smith said. “It’s an important issue and it’s an issue we want to address … but I don’t see that as the defining issue that would trigger an election.”

    Mr. Smith said his comments do not rule out a fall election however he went on to say there have already been plenty of elections recently.

    oops

  3. PPP — Not sure why you feel the need to sockpuppet “Bob”… “Libby”… “Matt”…

    How about you pick a name and stick with it or I’ll ban your IP# in future.

    Not because of censorship or anything like that (you’re free to say whatever you want), but more just because I really hate douchebaggery.

  4. sapphireandsteel

    Ugh that has to be the most boring troll ever.

  5. Also, I might note that you’re entirely off-topic. Normally I don’t have a problem with that (in fact it can be quite welcome at times), but in this instance you’re just ruthlessly hijacking a thread for your own malicious/partisan purposes with no regard whatsoever to the topic at hand. In other words, you’re being a complete asshole.

    Now, I know that’s your nature (being a “conservative” and all), but please… try to show a modicum of respect for others by not barging in and waving your pathetic little dick around when the adults want to talk, ‘mmmkay?

  6. This is applicable to Wikipedia and bloggers. For many it is not money that drives blogging, it is somehow intrinsically motivating.

  7. I forgot to add…that being said I believe it is both intrinsic and extrinsic. It is not one over the other either they both have their place and uses.

  8. Okhropir rumiani

    Where’s Ti-guy when there’s trolls and the social sciences to bash?

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