Tag: motivation

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When asked for what brings them the most pleasure, people tend to mention the times when they get to relax. Just lying on the couch, maybe watching a movie, not having to struggle and accomplish and perform. We live in such hectic times that we all need occasional breaks from our daily tasks. And who…

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In his great book “Drive”, Daniel Pink dissects – among other things – the nature of mastery. He describes the path to Mastery as one of the most crucial components in motivation and producing outstanding work. So lets have closer look at how Daniel Pink sees mastery and how he thinks you can achieve it,…

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Why call it Goldilocks effect? The Goldilocks effect is named after Goldilocks, the girl from the fairy tale about Goldilocks and the three bears.  In this tale, Goldilocks stumbles into the house of three bears. She finds the bears’ food and beds, but the food is either to hot or too cold and two beds either too big or…

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Motivation 3.0 is a concept that the author Daniel Pink describes in his book "Drive - The surprising truth about what motivates us". There he lays out the evolution of motivational concepts and what really drives us as human beings. In this post I will summarise the evolution of motivation and point out why making the…
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Aaah, carrots and sticks. The old motivational technique that make employers happy (because it is simple) and employees cringe (because it often doesn’t work). At first glance the concept of carrots and sticks seems to make intuitive sense, doesn’t it? We all know from experience that a juicy reward (carrot) can make us work harder,…

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Are you still doing algorithmic work? Or are you lucky enough to do heuristic work? No idea what I’m talking about? Well, algorithmic vs. heuristic work is a concept that behavioural scientists came up with in oder to describe how creative and individual our work is. Simply put, an algorithmic task is one in which you follow…

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To just decide can be the hardest thing in the world. Whenever you try to accomplish something that is outside of your comfort zone, you will face self doubt. You will doubt your skills, you will doubt your confidence, you will doubt your dedication. You won’t be sure if you really have what it takes to…