CBC Spark Daniel Pink interview

Daniel Pink’s ‘Drive’ is a terrific book. Matched with “A Whole New Mind’, he have created a dynamic duo of ideas. I witness his concepts each day. Pink’s vision and strategies are insightful, easy to read but mostly improve with a second reading.

How can we all learn to strenghten team or enterprise by also building up individual sense of autonomy? You indicate this is an art yet while we witness more social freedom we also see a greater presence of science and systems. Is this why people, including youth, seem to feel increasingly less influencial-less autonomous?

As an experienced teacher and athletic coach I’ve observed and assessed the achievement and work ethic of hundreds of kids, ages 10 to 18. Everyone wants to feel empowered. Their motivation level and nature is intrinsic from birth and is so often hampered by parent, teacher or social actions. I’ve seen the fire in kids eyes to master the task. That fire cannot be taught but can be supported or destroyed. Your thesis about autonomy is fascinating because I believe intrinsic motivation cannot be nurtured if that person’s desire is monopolized by others. A coach or authority figure, that is too controlling or inflexible, doesn’t demonstrate methods for autonomous learning will waste God given talent. To work tirelessly and with effeciency, people need to see their desire has a target and method. Kids with desire but no vision or goals flounder. Not unlike my professional colleagues who are weakened by gatekeepers, how do you suggest we display guidance and leadership without smothering autonomy. Whether on a soccer pitch, in a classroom or in the desert of Afghanistan, freeing autonomy without rendering chaos is the crux.

How can we all learn to strenghten team or enterprise by also building up individual sense of autonomy? You indicate this is an art yet while we witness more social freedom we also see a greater presence of science and systems. Is this why people, including youth, seem to feel increasingly less influencial-less autonomous?

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