Tag : motivation

  • How our beliefs and perceptions change how we experience pleasure

    How our beliefs and perceptions change how we experience pleasure

    Posted 01/08/2011 By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, INSPIRATION, SPEAKING With | 2 Comments

    A T.E.D talk on the origins of pleasure.   Well worth the 15mins investment of your time.  For me the link is that we can actually get more pleasure from our work if we choose to believe that it is meaningful, a valuable contribution, and performed with competence.  If this is not how you experience …




    Posted 02/07/2011 By in EMPLOYERS, INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION With | No Comments

    TOP 10 PLACES TO WORK IN AUSTRALIA Google E-web Marketing NetApp Australia Juniper Networks Atlassian Davidson Recruitment OBS Ikon Communications MRWED Group Altis Consulting The BRW survey is based on research by the Great Place to Work Institute Australia, measuring how much employees trust their organisation, have pride in what they do and enjoy the …



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    One of the characteristics of the industrial age was the reliance on external motivation.

    Go to work on time or the boss will be angry.

    Work extra hard and the boss will give you a promotion.

    If you get paid to work piecework, then your paycheck goes up when you work harder.

    This mindset is captured by the Vince Lombardi/pro sports/college sports model of the coach as king. Of course we’ll have our non-profit universitiess pay a football coach a million or more a year, of course we need these icons at the helm–how else will we get our players to perform at their best?

    I was struck by a photo I saw of male fencers at Cornell who practice with the women’s fencing team. Clearly, they’re not allowed to compete in matches (though the university counts them for Title IX). I got to thinking about what motivates these fencers. Are they doing it because they’re afraid of the coach or getting cut? Would they fence better if they were? [update: it turns out the men at Cornell do compete, just not on a formal varsity team. My error, sorry guys.]

    The nature of our new economic system, that one that doesn’t support predictable factory work, is that external motivation is far less useful. If you’re looking for a big payday, you won’t find it right away. If you’re depending on cheers and thank yous from your Twitter followers, you’re looking at a very bumpy ride.

    In fact, the world is more and more aligned in favor of those who find motivation inside, who would do what they do even if it wasn’t their job. As jobs turn into projects, the leaders we need are those that relish the project, that jump at the chance to push themselves harder than any coach ever could.


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