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In this educational video, motivational expert Daniel Pink explores what inspires people to perform well at work. Surprisingly, throwing cash at employees often inhibits performance rather than enhancing it. People do their best work when they are mastering their own time, utilizing and improving their skills, or contributing to a greater ideal. The presentation does have illustrative examples, but how you implement those useful bits of knowledge in your company remains up to you. getAbstract recommends this compulsively watchable video to anyone who needs to motivate others in the workplace.

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Daniel Pink is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind.


Rewarding good behavior should enhance performance. When behavioral scientists ran a study at MIT to confirm this belief, they met with surprising results. They asked students to complete a variety of tasks, some mental, such as puzzles, and some physical, such as throwing a ball through a hoop. The scientists rewarded the top performers. They found that in the mechanical tasks, the reward incentive worked: The higher the reward, the better the performance. But once participants performed tasks demanding even a small amount of “cognitive skill,” the incentives had no effect.


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    M. C. 2 years ago
    Encontrar un propósito en lo que hacemos, dominar nuestras labores, y autonomía para hacerlas; son los mejores motivadores para hacer mejor las cosas día a día.

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