Today’s inspiring TED talks

Today’s injection of inspiration came from two TED talks.

First I watched Dan Pink on The puzzle of motivation and inspiring talk about what motivated people to perform.

One key element I can take with me from this talk is that incentives don’t always work, they don’t always motivate people. Instead the drive to do things for their own sake. The drive to do things cause they matter have a much higher influence on great results. This is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.

Next I watched Simon Sinek on How great leaders inspire action.

The key take away is definitely People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Tell people what you believe not what you do or how you do it… Martin Luther King held the I have a dream speech not the I have a plan speech. Those who lead inspire us. We follow not because we have to, but because we want to.

Now go watch yourself, highly recommend.