What Really Motivates You at Work?

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What Really Motivates You at Work? from Don Peppers Blog

This is a great article, read an excerpt below:

Intrinsic motivations could include any or all of the following, for instance:
• Having a sense of purpose in your job;
• Being autonomous, and able to make your own decisions;
• Feeling a challenge;
• Mastering some subject area or discipline;
• Camaraderie, and making social connections with others; or
• Recognition and acclaim.

Read the story behind this and the surgeon here: http://www.1to1media.com/speaking/blog/2014/02/what-really-motivates-you-at-work.html#sthash.HkmAuBGw.dpuf

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I always find it easier to work (anywhere) by never considering the monetary aspect. Once I start thinking money I start wondering who is making more doing the same thing.

Obviously I have always tried to get the most money possible but once that is done I work because I like what I'm doing. Or I move on.

So what motivates me? Autonomy. A job where I can do it the way I want as long as it gets done. So, for me, that means easing into my day and really getting going around 1pm!

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So then the desire for money and benefits is an intrinsic motivation, as well?

I did read the article and totally agree with the value of true intrinsic motivation (i.e. doing a good job just for the self-satisfaction of having done a good job), I just think this last bullet point has missed the mark.

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Cant open it on my computer, Yellow bomb star appears then a click noise ?

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I understand your point HF. Extrinsic vs Intrinsic.

For example, when I desire to win a recognition or award, it is not for OTHERS to see, in the least, it is always for my own personal self satisfaction. I think that is what the author is speaking of. However, I do know many who only desire OUTWARD recognition and acclaim, in that instance it would be extrinsic.

Would you agree?

PS Please read the article if you have not, I only posted those POINTS as a teaser. I sent it to DH and he only read the points, of course. Why read the entire article, is his theory, JB regurgitates it back for me, like a bald eagle and her chicks.

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There are many awards that one can actually nominate oneself. Any award that I have to nominate myself for means nothing. The first few felt great - the PAII award was probably the ultimate - but I do not need awards to do what I do as I told my City Manager (last year she named me Volunteer of the Year for our City in Statewide awards) that there are some who NEED that.

We all belong to organizations and groups and WE should think about the people we work with in these to nominate them for awards that would mean something to them rather than taking their efforts for granted. I plead guilty to this failure.. 

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I'm motivated?

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I don't think "recognition and acclaim" counts as intrinsic motivation, as you depend on other people to provide the recognition and acclaim, therefore it is by definition, extrinsic.

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Harborfields wrote:

I don't think "recognition and acclaim" counts as intrinsic motivation, as you depend on other people to provide the recognition and acclaim, therefore it is by definition, extrinsic.

I guess it would be desire for recognition and acclaim that would be the intrinsic motivation.

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