One day of autonomy produces things that never emerge

May 24th, 2010  |  Published in Change

Here is an animated audio presentation by Dan Pink illustrating ideas from his latest book, Drive. Example? “As soon as the task calls for more than rudimentary cognitive skill – money doesn’t motivate”.

It’s not just Dan thinking that management by control has its limits – Gary Hamel writes here about “the widening fault lines that run between individuals and institutions. Crack open the head of the average manager, and you’ll find a way of thinking that puts the institution in front of, or on top of, the individual.”

Among Hamel’s principles is: “steadily enlarge the scope of self determination” which fits nicely with Pink’s – “if you want engagement, self direction is better.”

And all of the above is an elaboration on an idea worthy of much more exploration – “there’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does”

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