The truth about motivation
The embedded video below has been doing the rounds a bit but I wanted to highlight it and draw out a couple of points as I deal with motivation of individuals, teams and of course myself. This video is from the excellent RSA whose laudable mission is
The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.
To summarise, money and bonuses have been shown by various studies to be terrible motivators for complex work. People need to be paid enough so they’re not worried about mortgages, paying for food and living their perception of a reasonable lifestyle. After that more money actually detracts from motivation. People are more driven by:
- autonomy – I recently wrote a blog on autonomy vs. empowerment
- mastery – my recent blog on the Kung Fu of Software Engineering is all about mastery.
- purpose – a meaningful vision that people can but into
What motivates you?