The Building Blocks of Motivation 3.0: Autonomy

(Cover Photo by Victor Rodriguez 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.) In the last post, we’ve seen that self-determination theory holds there are 3 fundamental human needs. In this post, we will be focusing on the first, autonomy. "Row, Row, Row Your Boat..." Have you heard of ROWE? ROWE stands ...

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 ...

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