Carrer analyst Dan Pink’s 2009 lecture at TED (link to YouTube) should be required watching for anyone in management. Dan Pink shares clinical psychology research on Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation.
- Extrinsic motivation – elicited by a goal-based reward, like a bonus for processing x widgets per hour.
- Intrinsic motivation – driven by internal factors, like curiosity, professional pride, or a feeling of ownership in the project.
Extrinsic Motivation has been found to increase productivity for non-creative or repetitive tasks (eg. assembly line work), but actually decreases productivity for creative tasks (eg. programming, design). Perfomance-based initiatives are not effective with employees in more esoteric roles that require creativity or problem-solving skills; Instead, Intrinsic Motivation determines performance in these areas. Bottom line: if you need employees to use their brains, all you have to do is back-off and treat them like human beings.
La Princesse is a 15-metre (50-foot) mechanical spider designed and operated by French performance art company La Machine. The spider was showcased in Liverpool, England, as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture celebrations, travelling around the city between 3-7 September. In 2009, it was on display in Yokohama, Japan, as part of Yokohama’s 150th anniversary of its port opening. – wikipedia
According to various internet and print media sources, Britney Spears has been enslaved by her management, ala “Interstella 555“.
“She’s not allowed to quit or even change her style because Dad’s in charge and Britney’s not legally allowed to make those decisions on her own anymore…
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