If you manage a team, you might like the simple and surprising ideas in this 11 min animated talk on what motivates us. In it Daniel Pink succinctly explains that for work other than mechanical or rudimentary roles, the traditional carrot and stick management strategies just don’t cut it. For knowledge work type roles, money is a motivator only to the extent that one must be paid enough for it not to be an issue. Beyond that, studies and science show there are three key factors that lead to better performance:
- Autonomy – to be self directed in ones work
- Mastery – the urge to get better at things
- Purpose – to have something other than mere profit to work for.
The animation and talk are a quick and entertaining way to get across the ideas explored in more detail in Daniel Pink’s New York Times bestselling book Drive. They’re sure to get you thinking about your own staff engagement strategies and what can be done to motivate your team.