Inc. Magazine’s Motivating Teams: What You Can Learn from Science by Margaret Heffernan reports lessons learned from Uri Alon at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel about motivating teams.  Alon offers this advice:

  1. Build competence gradually
  2. Don’t help too much
  3. Be social
  4. Make assignments personal (he asks team members about their talents and passions)

What strike me is how this guidance is reminiscent of Daniel Pink’s intrinsic motivators:  mastery (build competence), autonomy (don’t help too much) and purpose (align assignments with passion).   The  reoccurrence of these themes in multiple settings just adds to their credibility.