Intrinsic Motivation: Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose vs Carrots and Sticks

“Policies about motivation are outdated, unexamined, and rooted more in folklore than in science.  The solution is not to entice people with a sweeter carrot or threaten them with a sharper stick. Intrinsic motivation makes work Interesting, part of something important.”

“Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Purpose: the urning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.”

“Autonomy over time, team, technique: 20% time, ROW results only work environment (how you work, where you work, optional meetings). If then rewards often destroy creativity; the drive to do things for their own sake strengthens business, motivates creativity, and solves problems.”