The New Model of Motivation, Part 4

(This series of posts is based on journalist and author Dan Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” available here.) We’ve talked before about a very interesting psychological model called the ‘Self-Determination Theory’, first proposed by Edward Deci and Ryan Richard. This theory is based on the basic assumption that there are universal human needs, three innate psychological needs: ...

The New Model of Motivation, Part 3

(This series of posts is based on journalist and author Dan Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” available here. Here is Part 3.) Why does the ‘Carrot and Stick’ model not work? Here are the remaining 4 reasons. 4) They can crowd out good behavior. Should blood donors be paid for giving blood? Two Swedish economists sought to find ...

The New Model of Motivation, Part 2

(Cover Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash) (This series of posts is based on journalist and author Dan Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” available here. Here is Part 2.) At the core of Motivation 2.0 are 2 simple ideas: “Rewarding an activity will get you more of it. Punishing an activity will get you less of it.” (Pink 34) As we ...

The New Model of Motivation, Part 1

This series of posts is based on journalist and author Dan Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” available here. Here is Part 1. Human societies are like computers; they have operating systems. In a computer, beneath the surface of the hardware (i.e. the physical components) rests the software, which contains all the important information needed to run the ...

12 Questions Employees Need to Ask Themselves and Managers Need to Consider

If you’ve noticed, many of our recent posts have been centering on the employee experience: how to make the workplace better for everyone. With all those posts in mind, I’d thought I’d find a resource that summarizes well what we’ve talked about over the past couple of weeks. Here are some interesting insights (and questions) that come from “the largest worldwide study ...