The Surprising Truth about what motivates you

Below is a great video from Dan Pink.

In it, Dan presents some excellent research into motivation which will help leaders decide what to be clear about if they're trying to encourage good performance. A lot of it ties in with the earlier post on Clarity Rules: Why clearly linking reward to your change programme is harder - and easier - than you thought.

What's more, Dan's animation is also a terrific example of communicating something complex in a very understandable way.

Have a watch.



  1. eg, this is a great video. RSA does an excellent job at bringing a talk to life in images. If you haven't seen it yet, you should check out Dan Pink's TED talk on this same subject

    I believe that Pink's book "Drive" is relevant for public speakers as well. In case you and your readers are interested, you can check out my review of the book and thoughts on why it is relevant for public speakers:


    John Zimmer

  2. WOW!

    That is fascinating.

    It also applies, I believe to solopreneurs.

    It's not all about the money!

  3. Really interesting video - very well presented

    Check this out

    and this

    Two great resources in this space

  4. Great post. That is a very well-presented video. There are different reasons why people are motivated. It may be job satisfaction, work environment, family, etc. There are also some who have unusual motivators. These motivators differ from one person to another. It is better if the managers know this about their employees, so they would know how to make them happy. Happy and motivated employees tend to increase productivity.

  5. I agree - sometimes you come across a bit of thinking and it just FEELS right.

  6. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.