Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blog Response to RSA Animate- Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Blog Response to RSA Animate- Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

                The RSA Animate of Daniel Pink’s TED talk is truly inspiring. This RSA is a artist drawing cartoons on a whiteboard that match up to what Daniel Pink is saying in his speech. But the drawings are not the real fascinating part; the part that really makes you think is Daniel Pink’s speech on how people are motivated and how motivation effects what we do. Pink starts out by explaining what he calls Motivation 2.0 where he the simple theory of how if people are offered a higher reward then they will be more inclined to do better work. Afterwards Pink goes on to explain how this is only true for processes with step by step instructions, where all that is needed is a correct answer but if anything requires and creative thinking the results plummet. Pink goes on to explain that sometimes the most motivating factor is not a reward but motivation itself. People like to be creative and share what they create but they like to do it on their own. Pink used the example of an Australian networking company who let their employees work for 24 hours with no direction and with no reward in mind. Over these 24 hours many fixes and new softwares were created. This further explained how people are motivated to create amazing pieces of work with just their ideas and do not need or want that cash bonus or reward. They are simply satisfied with what they create themselves.

The presentation of this RSA animate was very good. The artist who was drawing during the speech was very talented and helped keep the audience involved. The drawings were also helpful for some parts that one may have missed and they also provided some comedic relief. Pink was also very passionate during his speech. During one part of it he raised his voice and you could tell he was talking from the heart. This helped me know he was truly for this idea.

Daniel Pink teaches us how motivation works for humans and how it can lead to not so good results and how it can lead to amazing results. Pink talks about how we are moving away from the “sticks and carrots” kind of motivation and how in the future amazing creations will be motivated by the inventor themselves and not by some cash prize or large reward. This is how some of the greatest databases in the world such as Wikipedia and Firefox have come about and he predicts that many other successful ideas will sprout from the same kind of motivation

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