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8 March, 2011 / Karl Maier

Sea Change

When I was in college back in the 1980’s, I took a class called Industrial Organizational Psychology. The class covered Maslow and the Hawthorne effect, but nothing in the class really connected with my personal understanding of motivation.  Everything the class did assumed a worker off in a plant somewhere that seemed far different than me.

The current thinking on the subject of motivation and leadership is far different.  With books like Drive, Tribal Leadership, Strengths Based Leadership, and Follow this Path all pointing to issues like culture, teams, trust, and hope, the field is far different.  The paradigm has shifted, the sea has changed.  The whole world can benefit from these concepts. Change the world a little bit today.



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  1. Paul Buenaflor / Mar 18 2011 4:30 pm

    Yeah, the thinking on motivation has really changed. This reminds me of this TED talk where Dan Pink argues that money-based incentives have been shown — more and more — to LOWER performance compared to other motivators:

    He cites a great example: Microsoft Encarta vs. Wikipedia.

    In the late 90’s, who would’ve predicted the winner in 2011?

    • Karl Maier / Mar 18 2011 7:48 pm

      Very good recommendation. I have been reading Pink’s book, Drive, where he talks that incentive. I will have to check out the TED video.

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