Drive provided clarity to what makes me tick. What is it about me that can’t get enough of the work that I do? It is the intrinsic motivation that I experience when I am in flow, challenged with a Goldilocks Task and benefiting from the Sawyer Effect.
Drive clearly lays out the three types of motivation:
- rewards & punishments – this may cause a caffeine-like effect (an initial jolt that wears off quickly) and works best for algorithmic tasks.
- intrinsic motivation – this is what drives open source work and works best for heuristic tasks. These people find themselves on Vocation Vacations – when people use their vacation time to work on something engaging (p. 29).
Type I behavior (intrinsically motivated, devoted to becoming better and better at something that matters) depends on:
- autonomy – this is the powerful 20% time that produced the Post-It note
- mastery – this is when you find yourself in flow – that perfect spot between what you have to do and what you can do
- assign these people Goldilocks Tasks – challenges that are not too hot and not too cold, neither overly difficult not overly simple (p. 116).
- reap the positive rewards of the Sawyer Effect – practices that can turn work into play (p. 117)
- purpose – think about Toms shoes charity <–> business
This is me. Type I. This is the niche I work toward and recognize when I am there.
As an instructional leader, I wonder how I can use what I know about motivation to help others… provide autonomy, become keenly aware of mastery and the gap between an individual’s knowledge/experience and that which is required by the given task, and think bigger picture – toward purpose.
My notes from my reading are below.