Thought I would re-post this video on “The Truth About Motivation and Drive” (first posted, by me anyway, several months ago over at the Business Power Network Blog) as it is a favorite of mine, and has lately sparked a discussion about its application in a non-employer/employee environment, via my friend Steve Baker at The Great Game of Business (see my previous Facebook post for that link).
First, you should know that this is not a “quick and easy” video to watch; some thinking will actually be required! Second, I can guarantee you that it’s the most entertaining talk about the psychology, sociology, and economics of motivation that you will ever see. Boy, if that doesn’t make you want to hit the Play button, I don’t know what will! 🙂
Thirdly, and maybe this should have been “firstly”, if you live in the corporate world, you need to watch this video IMMEDIATELY. Then show it to your boss. Then show it to your boss’s boss. Keep moving it up the ladder until it reaches someone who really cares, because these ideas COULD create far-reaching changes, for the better, for all corporate employees if acted upon. And that statement’s coming from fifteen years of corporate working experience where the idea of anything other than “carrot and stick” would have been unthinkable.
Lastly, if you live in the self-employed world (as I do), while you’re watching this video, consider how you apply the concept of “autonomy, mastery, and purpose” in your everyday existence. What IS your motivation? Are you a “purpose-maximizer”, not just a “profit-maximizer”? I’d love to hear some feedback as to how you think these ideas could apply to you. Okay, then, here you go!
The Truth About Motivation and Drive