Friday, March 19, 2010

ways to encourage people to do things they don't find intrinsically motivating

as per alfie kohn.

1) imagine the way things look to the people doing the work and acknowledge candidly that it may not seem especially interesting.

2) offer a meaningful rationale for doing it anyway, pointing, perhaps, to the long-term benefits it offers or the way it contributes to some larger goal.

(in our house this sounds like: i know you hate it but on the off chance you may someday want to learn torah, i want you to know how to translate it)

3) give the individual as much control as possible over how the work gets done.

(working on that...)

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