Societies as computer operating systems

Societies also have operating systems like computers. The laws , social customs , economic arrangements that we encounter each day sit on top of a layer of instructions , protocols about how the world works. And much of our societal operating systems consist of assumptions about human behavior. Adopted from Daniel Pink’s book Drive

What is the kind of work that is generally outsourced?

Routine bound work that involves following certain instructions can be outsourced. This is the kind of work that needs monitoring since it is dreary and workers are bound to lose interest after some point of time. For this kind of work mainly the “left brain” working of the human brain is needed.Motivation 2.0 or “CarrotContinue reading “What is the kind of work that is generally outsourced?”

Compliance or engagement what does a modern day knowledge worker need?

Compliance is for Motivation 2.0 , Carrot Stick method of motivation so prevalent and successful in the factory environment. This kind of risk and reward method of energizing employees stimulates mundane , routine bound work and kills creativity. The modern day knowledge worker needs engagement and not compliance to unleash creative instincts so needed inContinue reading “Compliance or engagement what does a modern day knowledge worker need?”

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?”