Think Intrinsic Motivation
The Leadership Now blog offers a post about how compensation does not motivate people to do their best.
My regular readers know I agree with this and, in fact, think that a reliance on extrinsic rewards and reinforcements can wreck motivation, satisfaction, performance and success.
So the tip of the day is to think intrinsic motivation. Stay focused on what fuels your inner passions and interests and notice how others respond to various intrinsic and extrinsic motivators in the work environment.
As a reminder, here are the distinctions:
Extrinsic = From the outside (“the carrot”)
Intrinsic – From the inside
People who are intrinsically motivated have an interest in the work for it’s own sake. Often, people are intrinsically motivated to participate in work that:
Is intellectually stimulating, interesting.
They feel connected to and find meaningful.
Feels worthy and offers contribution
A work environment that relies on mostly extrinsic motivators is doomed to mediocrity at best. We don’t want to work in a place like this as it will suck the life right out of us. As leaders, we should not create a place like this either!
Make today a bit more fun, challenging, interesting, and worthwhile.