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I was watching a video of Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation, and I thought the ideas he put forward, and the way he describes motivation of people in the workplace, very good.

Dan believes in most cases, motivation needs to be intrinsic, not extrinsic. His 3 basic elements of motivation are Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) and his "Hierarchy of human needs", states that a person is motivated depending on which of their needs are currently met. Once a need is met, it no longer becomes a motivator.

Maslow's hierarchy of human needs are:

Physiological Needs Safety Needs Needs of love, affection and belonging Needs for esteem Needs for self actualisation Dan Pink's 3 elements fit into the top of Abraham Maslow's triangle and describe a simple way of expressing the prime motivators for people in the workplace.

Dan's 3 elements are:

Purpose Mastery Autonomy My experience has been that there are still far too many managers that base their management techniques on "folklore", rather than science and understanding human behavior.
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