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Motivation = Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose (Dan Pink)

Dan Pink is a provocative business guru with 4 books to his credit.  Hiring guru Lou Adler sent around a link today to a visually stunning  “Well Drawn Animation on What Motivates Us” that illustrates Pink’s viewpoint on motivation.  Be patient enough to sit through the 10 minute video, and you will learn about some interesting studies about how rewards do or don’t create the behavior you want from your work force.  Then, Pink makes several interesting points about how the three main motivators of truly creative, complex innovation from your workers come from providing them autonomy, allowing them to master what they are doing, and ensuring there is a purpose (beyond mere revenue) to what they do.  A very eye-opening piece!