Carrots and Sticks: The Seven Deadly Flaws
1. They can extinguish intrinsic motivation
2. They can diminish performance
3. They can crush creativity
4. They can crowd out good behavior
5. They encourage cheating, shortcuts and unethical behavior
6. They can become addictive
7. They can foster short term thinking
My take away is DO NOT OFFER if/then rewards for anything that is not a just climbing, ring by ring job.
If the assignment is mind numbing carrots won't hurt. Some other strategies to motivate are to
1. offer a rational for why the task is necessary
2. Acknowledge that the task is boring
3. allow people to complete the task in their own way
He calls intrinsically motivated behavior type 1. Type one behavior is more concerned with the inherent satisfaction one derives from the activity than the reward. T1 behavior isn't a fixed trait.
I like this book, it melds well with the other books I am reading.
I need to hit the rack. We are having a small gathering tomorrow if the snow stops.
There is a whole story with this child and this pillow. He also teases me daily about the sheet music wreath. That is for another day.