Hattip to the Acton Institute Powerblog. Dan Pink, the man behind the video, worked in the White House 1995-1997 as a speechwriter for Al Gore. I doubt if he and I would agree on much of anything politically, but he is on target in this video. Money as a motivator is useful only up to a point. Granting employees as much autonomy as possible, and making them passionate about improving what they are doing at work, is obviously the goal of any wise employer. How to accomplish this is a good deal more difficult than Mr. Pink’s well done video indicates. However, it is a good goal, and I know that with my employees I have always tried to grant them a great deal of autonomy, usually with good results, although some have indicated to me that they really preferred simply being told what to do and how to do it.
Of course there are other schools of thought regarding employee motivation: