Did you Forget About What Motivates People?

This 2009 TED talk is just as topical today as it was then. This is a great message.

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

TED Talk: Dan Pink, What Really Motivates Us?


More Genius from Dan Pink: Rhyming Matters

Dan Pink has a video series related to his book, To Sell is Human. (see “must read” titled, “Caveat Vendator“) This concept is incredibly simple… but it is also incredibly difficult to accomplish. Watch for the term, “processing fluency” and see if it resonates with you. (It certainly did with me!)
 Bob Hubbard, June 2013

June 24th, 2013

Here’s the latest in our series of short videos based on Chapter 7 of To Sell is Human. The message of this one: Perhaps it’s time for you to rhyme.


Success Has No Formula

People who tell you that they know how ‘you’ can be successful are wrong.

Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07
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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Steve Jobs,  From the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

Evidence that the people who follow their dreams and dare to be foolish in the face of unfailing reason are in fact the most successful people. Recent books from Malcolm Gladwell, (The Tipping Point (2000), Blink (2005), Outliers (2008), and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009); Daniel Pink,( A Whole New MindFree Agent NationThe Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.); and Ken Robinson (The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, 2009; Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. 2001)  each provide volumes of cold hard facts supporting the fact that the people who do what they love, are the most successful humans around, and that none of us succeeds without the help of many, many, caring and loving people along the way.

I strongly encourage you to spend 15 minutes watching and listening to Steve Jobs‘ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. As Steve steps down from Apple’s helm, now is a good time for all of us to remember that life never turns out like you planned, and that we truly are all in this together.

Bob Hubbard – August 2011