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Motivation: Carrot or Stick? Try Neither.

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, offers brilliant insights into what truly motivates people. The key is, except for the very most rote, mechanical tasks, intrinsic – or self-motivation – is the greatest motivator.

Money isn’t a great motivator once workers’ basic needs have been met. Obviously the amount differs somewhat for different people, but once those needs are met, more money won’t bring better results. In fact, more incentives can actually bring about worse results.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

The video, although slightly long at a hair over 10 minutes, is well worth watching if your job involves motivating and retaining productive employees – from the factory floor to software engineers.

I have read Pink’s Drive and applied it where I work and it is excellent.

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