Innovation In Motivation or How We In Business Can Change To Survive The Downturn

25 08 2009

Another timely TED Talk which brings us just in time good information on how to do better. A kind of failing forward momentum on our archaic ideas of motivation in business. Dan Pink shares that “there’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.” Like most everything, ideas become outdated. Dan does a great job of discussing how we can make a change from 20th Century ideas on motivation with the carrot and stick method (extrinsic) to Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose (intrinsic) motivation. In this he shares how a company called Atlassian and another you know better, Google use innovation in how they motivate . Below is a clip on Atlassian’s Core Values, which Dan touches on in the video. In the play as a team portion of the Atlassian video: “Tom Cruise works for Atlassian?”

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Innovation Through Perseverence

21 08 2009

Having read a book as a kid about a group that actually went to the North Pole with dog sleds, I was intrigued by this story. Always inspiring, Ted Talks give us insight into all kinds of innovation. In this talk by Ben Saunders on skiing to the North Pole, a journey 10 times more dangerous than Mt. Everest, he shares not only his solo journey and his preparation for that journey. He also has some great advice on motivation by use of mental video clips. On arrival at the North Pole, he called three people from his satellite phone: his mom, his girlfriend, and his sponsor. He got voice mails on all three!This is the ultimate lesson in failing forward. I hope you enjoy.

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