“When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride.” – Dan Ariely
“If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. … But that’s not happening here. You’ve got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and accelerate creativity, and it does just the opposite. It dulls thinking and blocks creativity.” – Dan Pink
Duke University professor of psychology and behavioral economics and best-selling author Daniel Ariely looks at the issue of what motivates us to work. He discusses two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

In a related theme, best-selling author and former speechwriter for Al Gore Dan Pink has spent years examining the the puzzle of motivation in the workplace. In this Ted Talk, he upends conventional wisdom about what motivates people and what makes them perform better — particularly as the work force and the nature of work needed in today’s work pace changes.

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