Give them what they need to thrive, then get out of the way

Published by Lori Pickert on July 26, 2012 at 09:41 AM

From the 99% blog:

What really gets creatives fired up is, well, ourselves. That is, intrinsic motivation. If we can imagine an achievement, see ourselves progressing toward that goal, and understand that we are gaining new skills and knowledge, we will be driven to do great work.

For creative thinkers, [Daniel] Pink identifies three key motivators: autonomy (self-directed work), mastery (getting better at stuff), and purpose (serving a greater vision).

As creative thinkers, we want to make progress, and we want to move big ideas forward. So, it’s no surprise that the best motivator is being empowered to take action.

[G]ive your team members what they need to thrive, and then get out of the way.

4 comments

Comment by jacinda on July 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM

What a great excerpt. I mentioned on my blog just the other day that at times I feel that I fling a few library books around for inspiration, help set up and clear up but other than that just get out of the way and keep up with the new ideas. A good problem to have :-)

Comment by Lori Pickert on July 26, 2012 at 04:40 PM

i think of this in contrast to the bombardment of cute, fun activities that inundate the internet. too much input, i think, floods the system and prevents meaningful output. they really don't need that much inspiration — their own ideas take over very quickly. (if we let them. ;)

thank you for mentioning me in your last post! :)

Comment by amy21 on July 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM

My old friend, intrinsic motivation. It makes even more sense when you have a kid who absolutely cannot be motivated by extrinsic factors.

Comment by Lori Pickert on July 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM

ha! yes. and beyond not being motivated, some kids are positively shut down by extrinsic "motivation" (coercion/bribery...).

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