Daniel Pink, “Drive” author, says no to carrot-and-stick approach

Popular author Daniel Pink said this week that schools and other organizations must focus on three things to increase employee motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Speaking at the annual conference of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Pink said the carrot-and-stick approach won’t work with educators, blogged blogger Amy Dominello.

School management focuses on compliance, but should switch to encouraging teachers to engage through self-direction and autonomy. Pink said that motivation also depends on feedback and subject mastery, adding that society depends on instant feedback — and teachers get feedback about their instruction too late.

Pink asserted that schools and other organizations do not explain “why,” either. “If people don’t know why they are doing it, they are going to do it less well,” Pink said.

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