What motivates you?

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?


About Lisa Enckell

VP Marketing at Wrapp. Swede trying to adjust to all the sunshine and fog in San Francisco. And the great cocktails.
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2 Responses to What motivates you?

  1. Vanessa says:


    I saw this too. Its interesting and makes me think about all the stuff I learnt from Hertzberg about motivation.

    I totally agree with the theory and I myself am very much motivated by autonomy and purpose. However, I think its crucial to note that money is a motivator up to a certain point and this point varies from person to person. As Hertzberg would say, money is a hygiene factor, it has to be there to avoid employee dissatisfaction, however it very rarely leads to employee satisfaction. This is where mastery, autonomy and purpose come in. These three things lead to job satisfaction. BUT money does need to be there and will be a motivator for most people. where is stops being simply a hygiene factor does depend on the person and the type of lifestyle they wish to support and afford.

    As for school. Well as a business student I do not necessarily love the autonomy, I would prefer group work and shared responsibility and knowledge sharing. I do think purpose and mastery are the key motivators. Purpose may vary, but we all wish to master the concepts and get good grades.

  2. Pierrefect says:

    I agree that money is (very) important to a certain level. However, once that this level is reached and it stops being a hygiene factor it can become an ineffective way of making people reach better results. Some of the best results I have had at SSE were when I did not care for the grade, but instead did something because I believed in that it was the best way/thing to do. For example, not caring about a grade can make one dare to be more creative.

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