What is common to both “Gmail” and “Google News”?

Google is an example of an infinite minded company that gives its employees choice to do a project or initiative of their own at 20% of the entire year. These kind of infinite minded outlook is the need in the modern age of the knowledge worker and results in unleashing the creative juices of brilliantContinue reading “What is common to both “Gmail” and “Google News”?”

We humans are born to be “players” and NOT “pawns”

Right from the caveman times we are born to be autonomous individuals , not individual automatons. Our brains are wired to be intrinsically motivated and hence we are inherently “Type I ” individuals. Outside forces including the very idea that we need to be managed have conspired from time to time to change our defaultContinue reading “We humans are born to be “players” and NOT “pawns””

What motivates Apache , Linux to publish open source software?

Daniel Pink in his book Drive takes up this very interesting topic and explores the reason as to what inspires the open source fraternity to keep doing their work without expecting any monetary rewards. Aside from Apache , Linux even Wikipedia these are the ones who are perfect examples of “intrinsic motivation” in the modernContinue reading “What motivates Apache , Linux to publish open source software?”

Why Motivation 2.0 worked in the age of Industrial Revolution?

Motivation 2.0 coined by Daniel Pink in his book Drive is another name for the “Carrot and Stick” method of motivation that became very widely accepted during the age of industrial revolution. The definition of Motivation 2.0 is as follows: “REWARDING an activity will get you MORE of it. PUNISHING an activity will get youContinue reading “Why Motivation 2.0 worked in the age of Industrial Revolution?”

“Algorithmic” vs “Heuristic” Tasks & contrasting motivational needs

Algorithmic tasks are those where we follow a set of instructions and reach a conclusion. Creativity and ad campaigns are mostly heuristic where the ask is to come up with something new. Whereas algorithmic tasks need “Left Brain” , heuristics need “Right Brain” orientation. Hence for algorithmic tasks , Motivation 2.0 or Reward and PunishContinue reading ““Algorithmic” vs “Heuristic” Tasks & contrasting motivational needs”

The common thread that binds “Firefox” , “Wikipedia” ,”Linux”

All of “Firefox” , “Linux” , “Wikipedia” , “Apache” are open source platform where contributors freely collaborate and share their work with fellow enthusiasts with a JUST CAUSE in mind without expecting monetary benefits. This is a classical example of how “Intrinsic Motivation” in the modern age makes money , rewards and the Carrot andContinue reading “The common thread that binds “Firefox” , “Wikipedia” ,”Linux””

What Atlassian’s “FedEx Day” teaches us?

Atlassian’s FedEx Day program wherein the employee is allowed to try , experiment and present his/her own idea is a great example of nurturing intrinsic motivation in employees. This has been mentioned in more details by Daniel Pink in his book Drive. The following link aptly highlights the innovative program undertaken by Atlassian to nurtureContinue reading “What Atlassian’s “FedEx Day” teaches us?”

The ill effects of having Performance Goals as the only means to motivate people

Performance goals so common with the carrot and stick approach of motivating employees , may cause systematic problems due to narrowed focus , unethical behavior , increased risk taking , decreased co-operation and decreased intrinsic motivation. Hence before applying these goals in an organization due care must be exercised depending on the job at hand.Continue reading “The ill effects of having Performance Goals as the only means to motivate people”

How to create a work environment with “Intrinsically Motivated” people

The need of the hour is intrinsically motivated Type I people who are adept at doing “right brain” oriented work in the best possible. The following three principles when adopted in a workplace ensures the nurturing of such intrinsically motivated people. Create an environment where people feel good to participate and feel engaged Give peopleContinue reading “How to create a work environment with “Intrinsically Motivated” people”

Conducting an “Autonomy Audit” to get the best out of people

The best and most innovative organizations wherein a lot of stress is on doing “Right Brain” oriented work , giving more autonomy to the people goes a long way in intrinsically motivating the people. The essential questions that form part of an “Autonomy Audit” are as follows: How much AUTONOMY does an employee have overContinue reading “Conducting an “Autonomy Audit” to get the best out of people”