What is it:
Dan Arley’s engaging talk unpacks what motivates us to labour, to work. Dan demonstrates work without end, with repitition and no purpose is the most de-motivating. At the other end of the spectrum, work which has meaning (not the highest paid), is the most motivating.
How is it different:
This is one of the longer Ted talks at 20 minutes. That said it is well worth it. To illustrate his work, Dan provides engaging and charming examples.
How it can help:
Dan’s very practical talk provides interesting food for thought about motivation in the workplace. Below are the stand out ideas for me:
- It can be helpful for us to think about our work as something meaningfull. Such as creating something, overcoming a challenge or as part of our identity for example.
- Effort that leads to an outcome has more of a driving effect than money – think of the furniture you have self assembled that you love!
- Morph your effort when things go wrong – even when things don’t go to plan, morph it to another meaning to keep your motivation up.