Saturday, November 06, 2010

Dan Pink on Creativity, Motivation, Work, Education and Play

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsThe Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever NeedA Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the FutureListen to "Creativity in Play" interview with creativity guru and author Dan Pink. Highlights from Dan Pink's interview about creativity, motivation, education, play and policy:
  • What drives Dan? To find out about stuff and to follow his own curiosity.
  • How do you motivate people to do creative work?
  • If you want to do simple things, if/then motivators work.
  • Interesting creative things outside of the U.S.: Role of workplace design in Australia ... how physical architecture can enhance creativity.
  • Knowing "why" you are doing things is more motivating.
  • Humor is an incredibly important management tool.
  • Humor can diffuse difficult situations.
  • Humor can be part of bonding.
  • On play ... doing things because they are challenging and provide flow experiences. These are crucial for intrinsic motivation.
  • Google's "20% rule" to work on what you want is like recess at work.
  • The difference between making decisions for instrumental reasons rather then fundamental reasons.
  • Policy changes to support creativity? Changes in education, increasing public support for the arts, and public support for research and development.

1 comment:

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed our SHORT time today on CreativityinPlay. I loved Dan's remark "just let me take all the playyyyyy out of that question [about play & humor's role in motivation & creativity) in my remarks" (paraphrasing here)...
    Dan talked about play as core to being creative and motivated in a way that is life-giving not just because it seems like it will bring more money or fits into norm....what do you love, have a passion for? The latter "plays" out for the better.

    What is your sentence? Love Dan's project coming through his book, Drive, and also the question, Are you better today than yesterday? (in terms of your focus,purpose?)