Sunday, March 20, 2011

The surprising truth about what motivates us

I found this an interesting presentation on what it is that really gets people to engage in their job/career/vocation.  According to this the three main motivating elements are:

1.  Being challenged - able to be self directed
2.  Mastery - getting better at stuff
3.  Making a Contribution - making the world a little bit better!

The majority of people want to feel that they are part of something meaningful.  I believe this is a key element for the majority of those involved in education and why our job is described as having a large vocation element rather than it being just a career.

I believe this ties in with the Simon Sinek TED talk blogged about below that examples the difference in businesses / schools that work on the 'WHY' before the 'HOW' and the 'WHAT'.  People believe if the direction is passionately shared?!?  Buy in follows??

Your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. It's called "leaving a dent in the world" - from a fantastic reading - will pass on to you. It also talks about the 'why' of what we do - used it in my first assignment.

    (Love the new background by the way) :-)