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:
- Build competence gradually
- Don’t help too much
- Be social
- 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.