Have you seen that terrific Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) video Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us?
If you haven’t, take a few minutes and watch it now. It’s really thought provoking.
The research Pink references shows that, once basic financial needs are met, autonomy, mastery and purpose – not money – are better motivators of performance.
Pink points out that engagement and motivation come from a sense of self-direction – of trust, and of ownership. The message for managers here is that it’s time to get out of the way.
Let your employees take on projects that interest them, that will develop their skills and challenge them to be their best. By providing employees this freedom, you give them a sense of purpose, and ultimately the outcome can be extremely beneficial to your organization.