Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

About Dan Pink

Bidding adieu to his last “real job” as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace. Full bio and more links

What KahWee tweeted on 2009-03-21

  • At Infocomm Live right now #idalive #
  • Mr. Matthias Kunze giving a talk on winning ways of an entrepreneur. #idalive #
  • Family and friends are your biggest enemies when starting businesses? #idalive #
  • Why be an entrepreneur? For Kunze, it’s about the lifestyle. #idalive #
  • Lots of people are thinking of selling your business. It’s a good motivation if you have that thought in mind. #idalive #
  • Ask yourself if you are hands on enough to start your own business? #idalive #
  • Be honest and ask yourself if you have sufficient experience before starting a business. #idalive #
  • Kunze claims that self-confidence and experience plays a tremendous part in starting a business. #idalive #
  • Be prepared to handle situations of failure. Can you handle failure? #idalive #
  • And why should you go into business in this case? Kunze leads us to third portion of his presentation – Passion is Key. #idalive #
  • Lack of passion leads to failure. #idalive #
  • Part 4. The British Airways Lounge. #idalive #
  • During the downturn, lots of things are cheaper. #idalive That’s the right time. #
  • If you have a good idea, you should do it now. #idalive #
  • Follow @floatingroom for updates on screen on the right at #idalive #
  • What is ur exit strategy? Answer: I am happy to sell when the time is right. #idalive #
  • Part 8. Build the right team. #idalive #
  • Kunze once teamed up with a guy much younger, much different. Internet exploded and security wasn’t. But he had different values. #idalive #
  • Kunze doesn’t see eye to eye with him. The mindset difference may cause businesses to fail. Didn’t work out in the end. #idalive #
  • Some tough decision includes firing a person. It’s painful but you have to make these decisions. #idalive #
  • Last slide, One wing birds can’t fly. #idalive #
  • Singaporeans have high work ethics. However too high work ethics may lead to burn out. It affects lifestyle. #idalive #
  • @uzyn: Yes you can. You know you can. 😉 #idalive #
  • Clap clap clap. Time for questions and answers. #idalive #
  • Mohan from e27 is the moderator. #idalive #
  • Unforeseen situations can happen. Unready products. Client disputes. #idalive #
  • Have you wanted to quit any of your startups? #idalive #
  • Currently in The Chamber at The Arts House. It’s a beautiful room #idalive This is where the old paliarment is at. I think. #
  • Kunze thinks Yahoo is still interesting as a company but highlights the enjoyment he gets working for Yahoo. #idalive #
  • Once again, you can following @floatingroom to see what’s on the right screen. #idalive #
  • I wonder if there is a bug with @floatingroom ‘s tweets. Opps. #idalive #
  • Would you recommend corporate experience before doing a startup? #idalive #
  • Kunze feels a good college education helps. #idalive Although he points out several success. Exceptions are there of course. #
  • Audience can ask questions now. #idalive #
  • Mohan looks lost on stage. #idalive #
  • Kunze moves nearer and nearer to the people who questions. #idalive Mohan, the moderator, couldn’t moderate, haha #
  • Want to know a VC? Helps that you know people who know people to introduce you. #idalive #
  • Connections is key too. #idalive #
  • Do you think being physically fit contributes to being mentally fit? Kunze agrees while I feel this sense of guilt. #idalive #
  • Okay no more Michael Phleps. #idalive #

Blogging is addictive again

I own another blog and I haven’t been updating much there. I have about erm 1700 posts there. But many are YouTube videos and it’s getting a little sick. Plus I made a lot of mistakes there that perhaps I’ll speak out one day. The blog contains memories good and bad. This is perhaps a new start.

And it starts with 2.5 WordPress. Very slick and pretty version of WordPress, I find myself fondling the buttons to more often now. It’s amazing how an interface change could get me excited again.

We always need facelifts, don’t we? These little changes re-motivates us. Even if you have a spouse, you would want little changes. Maybe simple changes like:

  • He or she brought you to the movies again after 10 years.
  • Dress up specially for an occasion you thought no longer mattered – read anniversary.
  • Start talking to your friends instead of pretending to be invisible.
  • Erm, dye some hair? I don’t know.

Many things can re-ignite interest. The same with blogging. And the same applies to work, school and life. Work can be addictive. School can be addictive. And lastly, life should be addictive.