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The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Carrots and sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st Century work we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.

The body of evidence to support this new way of looking at the world is growing and for Pink takes the form an ‘operating system’ for a better way of living and working. I am not all surprised by Pink’s argument. What really surprises me is that in 2013 his ideas, and the research that underpins them, have not already achieved the status of common practice and good sense.


Book: Carol Dweck’s Mindset

Just finished reading Carol Dweck's 'Mindset - The New Psychology of Success'. I think this is an important book for anyone involved in education and very worthwhile for the general reader. Her theory is that there are two basic ways of looking at the world - or 'mindsets'. One is a 'fixed mindset' in which intelligence, talent, ability and skill are fixed. Success in the fixed mindset is about showing how smart you.  The other view is the 'growth mindset' where success follows learning and failure suggests more effort is required rather than being a statement on.