How does our understanding of “motivation” influence our work in the world?

Here’s an invitation: Step back from the demands of your work. Reward yourself with 30 minutes of conversation with a co-worker or friend.

During the time, you’ll review fascinating and useful research on human motivation presented by Daniel Pink, the author of four volumes on the changing nature of work.

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Conversation Guide

1. Before listening to Daniel Pink, consider…

  • What assumptions does your organization hold about motivation?
  • How do these assumptions:
    • influence the experience of individuals?
    • shape the culture of the organization?
    • impact the work individuals and the organization do in the world?

2. Enjoy the 18-minute video.

If the link above isn’t working, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

3. After listening to Daniel Pink, consider…

  • In what ways does the research:
    • affirm the assumptions and practices of your organization?
    • challenge those assumptions and practices?
  • What is one practical way you could use this research going forward?

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You can learn more about Daniel Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, here.

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Work with the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community | Omaha, NE

Since June 2010, I have been working with the West Midwest Community advising the leadership team and work groups on collaborative processes to help six former regional communities develop a stronger sense of unity and engage in meaningful conversation about a future that includes dramatic shifts. Major components of consultation include design and facilitation of virtual and in-person meetings; regular advising sessions with senior leader responsible for the initiative; project development and management; writing and editing for the Web and other communications.