Daniel Pink is one of the leading business thinkers of our era. One of his best books is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In it, he presents the case for managing people from intrinsic motivation rather than chiefly extrinsic motivation. It is a life-changing paradigm.
I remember learning about the difference between intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation way back in middle school, so I still find it astonishing that so many companies do not manage this way. As Pink points out, much business practice has not caught up with what science has known for decades. But there are many businesses that do understand these things, and as a result they are thriving.
In a recent interview, Pink talks more about what factors that lead to motivation in our work. Here is a short description:
In the years since publishing Drive, a handful of forward-thinking companies have built cultures that hinge on intrinsic motivation. And, spoiler alert, those companies tend to thrive. But why is this approach not yet the norm? Sarah Goff-Dupont of Atlassian sat down with Mr. Pink to learn more about the role intrinsic motivation plays in our own success and in the future of work.