Dan Pink argues that businesses should engage their employees’ third drive, our “inherent tendency to seek out novelty and challenges, to extend and exercise their capacities, to explore and to learn”.
Management is the ideal technology if you’re seeking compliance — getting people to do what you want them to do, the way you want them to do it. But in today’s workforce, which demands much more in the way of creative and conceptual capabilities, we don’t want compliance. We want engagement. And self-direction is a far better technology for engagement.