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August 26, 2009


Randy Ksar

Love Dan's talk. Thanks for sharing the video from Ted. Innovation is key at a company. I remember at Yahoo! they had "hack days" which is similar to Fedex days. The key was those hacks that got voted on by the exec. staff and public to be deemed best hacks (that were marketable) were actually implemented. If they weren't, the hack wouldn't gain any exposure for the employee. So make sure if you do a similar type of campaign at your company for employees that their work gets recognition.


Dave Lewis

Garr, instead of "compliance" above, you mean "engagement" (just before you reference ROWE). "Traditional management is great if you want compliance; but for engagement, self-direction works best." (Fingers say funny things on a keyboard when given too much autonomy!)

Presentations Training

Great article about motivation. Even when things seem good, we still have something greater to achieve. I believe that similar to a good fitness- you have to change up your mindset like you do your workout so that you approach your work and goals in a new and exciting way. Its the difference between being a 1 hit wonder to a 45yrld Pop Icon. Change is good and it starts from within.

Jan Schultink

Random comments:

ROWE will only work in certain professions. Academia, design, engineering. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things/tasks/jobs that need to be done that does not fit this model. Unfortunately....

ROWE also depends on the type of people. It reminds me of the good old McKinsey skill/will matrix:

- Low skill/low will: "direct"
- Low skill/high will: "coach"
- High skill/low will: "motivate"
- High skill/high will: "delegate" (= ROWE)

(I might have forgotten the exact naming of the boxes)

John Zimmer


Thank you for posting the talk by Dan Pink. It is great on a number of levels.

I used the TED video this past weekend in a class that I taught the Executive MBA students on effective public speaking and presentation skills. It offers some excellent examples of how to keep your audience's attention by being unexpected (as in one of the Heaths' indicia of SUCCESs in "Made to Stick").

I showed my students two excerpts: the beginning, where Pink opens his talks by make a "confession" about going to law school (the light-hearted example); and from around 4:00 until around 11:00 where he shows that greater financial incentives will not necessarily lead to quicker resolution of problems requiring creative thinking (the profound example). It resonated with the students.

Thanks for the article.


John Zimmer

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