A MOST ALLURING MOTIVATIONAL FOLKLORE
Too many organisations still operate from assumptions about human potential and individual performance that are outdated, unexamined, and rooted more in folklore than in science.
— Daniel Pink
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's make sure we embark upon this quest cleansed of the many misconceptions that plague motivation. The land of motivation is rife with delightful stories and well-intended advice. But much of what we know, and a lot of what makes up conventional wisdom in this space, is warped.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not about to say that Everything You Know About Motivation Is Wrong (that comes later). But most of us have a warped sense of how motivation works. The science gets distorted ...