Dan Pink, author of a Whole New Mind, has a new book out about motivation and what drives (which happens to be the title) humans. I pick up Drive after seeing the following TED talk. This book and talk should get you thinking about what really drives us humans to achieve and get things done. The answer in short is that it is not what you think it is. The world has changed and the traditional rewards offered to people may not get the job done. And the research shows that such rewards may actually retard performance.
If we as a society what to advance and achieve great things, we need to start questioning perceived truths.
Enjoy the talk and pick up a copy of Pink’s book.