Trying to Motivate Employees with Money? Think again…

Money is NOT the key motivating factor in driving employee performance. An exceptional read on this topic is a book entitled DRIVE: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, a relatively easy read packed with research, business models, and anecdotes that illustrate the shift in understanding what truly motivates employee productivity and retention.  Daniel Pink utilizes the available research to delineate strategies for awakening motivation not only in our professional realms but also in our educational and personal lives, including our desire to attain fitness or any other desirable goal.To quote the website: “Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.  Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He demonstrates that while carrots and sticks worked successfully in the twentieth century, that’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges. In Drive, he examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose—and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action. Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.
Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.”Check the book out here: http://www.danpink.com/drive