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Posts Tagged ‘intrinsic motivation’

When Deming Goes to School

Guest post by John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog. The video shows the presentation at our 2012 annual conference by David Langford – When Deming Goes to School, Learning Takes a Front Seat. A previous post on our blog included an except from this talk: Attributing Fault to the Person Without […]

Tim Higgins on Psychology and Intrinsic Motivation

Listen to the Deming Institute Podcast with Tim Higgins, Quality Engineer for NASA and President of the In2:InThinking Network (download podcast). Also see our recent post on Tim’s presentation at our last annual conference: Curiosity, Learning, Knowledge, and Improvement with Tim Higgins. When I read The New Economics lightbulbs started going on, some understanding of […]

Cash Incentives Won’t Make Us Healthier by Alfie Kohn

Dr. Deming referred to Alfie Kohn’s work and ideas when he was consulting, giving seminars and in The New Economics. Alfie Kohn will be a keynote speaker at our 1st annual Deming in Education Conference this November 6th to 8th in Seattle, Washington. In this article (and the embedded presentation included below) Alfie Kohn explores […]

All That People Need to Know is Why Their Work is Important

Motivation – nonsense. All that people need to know is why their work is important. W. Edwards Deming, From a speech at General Motors in 1992: Introduction to a System. The Essential Deming We do a great disservice to our organizations when see motivation as the cause of poor results. Your management system should nurture […]

People Take Time to Believe Claims of Changed Management Practices

This post continues with some thoughts prompted by the Read Bed Experiment Lessons post. Another aspect the Red Bead Experiment can’t replicate is the long term impact of working in a system that frustrates your desire to do great work. The importance of what happens to people in such a situation is under appreciated. I […]