I came across a very interesting video about motivation and how to create successful organisations (i.e. where people want to work and perform good). I think it raises a very interesting question: What is it really that motivates us, that motivates people, employees? How should companies reward great ideas and hard work? And what should they avoid? In this video, Dan Pink argues that a lot of money is not a good incentive, reverse by offering a lot of money people perform worse when it comes to creativity and strategic thinking, than without monetary incentives.
What do you think? What motivates you? Can we relate this to school? Are grades the best way to motivate students, or can the fear of not reaching the grades we want to have a negative impact on our learning? How would it look like if we did not have grades at all? If we either passed or failed?