Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

Seven Dimensions
Updated Apr 16, 2020

Ryan and Deci discovered we all function on a continuum between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Self-determination begins when people feel connected to what they are doing. This course is designed to help managers and team leaders understand what motivates their people and how to create a motivated team. The course is packed with useful strategies and insights.

Kylie Bell talks to Eve Ash about the extrinsic-intrinsic continuum, which ranges from “I have to do this” to “I enjoy doing this!” She nominates Ryan and Deci’s study which made an interesting discovery: that people are not necessarily motivated by either extrinsic (external) or intrinsic (internal) factors. What does motivate them is when they feel connected and engaged by the task they’re doing. This brings their feeling towards intrinsic motivation because they own and integrate the task, so it becomes part of them.

This program is one of the Insights and Strategies Series, featuring psychologist Eve Ash interviewing a range of experts and business leaders who share their experiences and practical strategies for achieving best practice.

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