To many people, cats are cuteness personified…so many people, in fact, that by 2015 YouTube had over 2 million cat videos! But no matter how amusing they are, I’m glad that I’m not a cat. Cats, like all other non-humans, are mastered by their environment, reacting to stimuli and immediately responding. They sense food,
In today’s world, much of the effort to motivate others is based on an outdated model of carrots and sticks. Extrinsic rewards often do very little to satisfy, and may even damage, our deeper psychological needs of Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competency. Dive in to understand our critical needs, why autonomy and meaning in work is so essential, and how extrinsic rewards can interfere with achieving competency.