What motivates us?

http://www.ted.com Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

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I found this TedTalk to be extremely interesting.  Dan Pink presents evidence collected from numerous studies that examines what truly motivates us, intrinsic or extrinsic forces.  The research shows that for most tasks, those... more »I found this TedTalk to be extremely interesting.  Dan Pink presents evidence collected from numerous studies that examines what truly motivates us, intrinsic or extrinsic forces.  The research shows that for most tasks, those that involve cognitive thinking, intrinsic motivation is much more successful at motivating people than extrinsic.  While the talk focused on the implications for business, I think the research and it's outcomes can be related to sports psychology as well.  As we have examined this week and last, motivation and personality traits in elite athletes are slightly different than others.  If we examine Olympic athletes, outside of some of the more mainstream sports like basketball or hockey, many of these athletes are not paid millions of dollars.  They compete because they want to be the best.  They want to set a world record or lift the most weight.  If we can develop strategies for athletes that get them to recognize within themselves what they really desire, we can be more successful in harnessing the best in them.  Even in mainstream sports we see it, LeBron James was going to make a ton of money wherever he played.  He left his home state to go to Miami in pursuit of a national championship.  He wanted to win, not for any other reason than to win. 01-14-2017 2:02am

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