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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

You would think that monetary reward is the primary motivator for human beings to perform their best. You’d be right for simple tasks, but once you enter the realm of more complicated and more cognitive-intensive tasks, things turn upside-down.

The embedded video above is an excerpt from Dan Pink’s TED talk on 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.

via RSA Animate via TED GlobalThanks for the scoop, Ken!


June 7, 2010 - Posted by | How-To, Productivity, Science and Technology, Video | , ,


  1. I like it: purpose motivates us.

    Comment by Bill | June 7, 2010

    • It’s the truth! When will managers get that?

      Comment by Mike | June 8, 2010

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