8 Responses to “PBS looks at motivation (and candles)”

  1. Great video clip and summary. So glad they didn’t show you dragging your poor roller-bag into the building.

  2. Zach says:

    I saw this the night it first aired and was very impressed.

    Then last night on the NPR program “This American Life” I listened to a story that seemed to me to verify the premise.

    Here is a link to that NPR program.


    The piece on PBS and the piece on NPR should be required viewing and required listening to all the representatives in congress who are working with the current financial reform efforts.

  3. Julie says:

    Very nice piece. I saw your talk at Google (online, not in person), so I knew the “candle problem” answer, but I liked the summary anyway.

    Drive finally came into the library, so hopefully I’ll get to read it soon! Very much looking forward to it.

  4. David Yorka says:

    I enjoyed the presentation; using the candle trick as the through line, DRiVE/Pink as conceptual narrator and quality video footage that is compelling, visually appealing and tells the story in a relatively seamless manner. Thanks for the clip!

  5. Very good narrative for Dan’s model for motivating engagement per his book “Drive…” I was disappointed though by the short scene toward the end with open source workers. The interviewer seemed to imply that when the pay is meager you get the best results. That does not come from the book. The message from the book is more like: offering an additional monetary reward for a creative result can be a disincentive.

  6. Justin Brady says:

    Dan, congratulations on that great story. Excellent coverage.

  7. Beth Smith says:

    Great piece. It seems so obvious that people are strongly motivated by a sense of accomplishment and feeling competent. It never ceases to amaze me though, when working with organizations, how often they fail to tap into this drive by simple efforts to recognize people’s contributions. Perhaps continued research and news coverage like this will get the attention of all those ‘bosses’ wondering how to motivate their folks.

  8. Charles says:

    Really enjoyed the preview of the Johnny Bunko manga, made me laugh. So, why haven’t I seen it here in Japan yet? 🙂

    Nice video clip here, interesting study. I’m personally interested in self-actualization, which as you know is a primary motivational source. I do like how your writing is focusing on motivation at work, looks like I’ll need to pick up a copy of your new book!