Cube37 – Motivation : Why you are having issues

Long ago the primary motivations with humans was survival. If you could help someone survive, you could motivate them to do just about anything.

More recent the method of motivating people, mostly employees, was carrots & sticks.

Now, Daniel Pink explains in his book Drive, to motivate or influence the actions of more and more people, you have to find something else. This is not universal for everyone, at this point, but the more a task requires creativity, the less extra money will cause better results.


In working on this episode, the previous two work well with it:

Here is Starting Cube 37 – Motivation : Why you are having issues

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Starting Question:

  1. Is your work interesting? If not, is that a source of frustration?
  2. What was the strongest thought as you listened to this?

Cube35 – The Story of Stories

Stories are powerful, but the primary educational systems in our world don’t explore story telling very much.

They also do not help students prepare for making decisions without to make decisions without complete information.

An idea is promoted that every question has a single correct answer, or at least the “best answer” according to the teacher.

The cube for today comes from The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb focusing on the major events that dramatically change the path we are on, like the first sighting of a black swan.

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Starting Questions:

  1. What story do you need told?
  2. How have you improved your communications or story telling abilities?
  3. Any recommendations to your former self in regards to uncertainty or story telling?

Cube34 – Life is too Complex for One Tweet

Look before you leap
He who hesitates is lost

Be careful what you wish for

Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Out of sight, out of mind

Don’t cross that bridge before you come to it
A stitch in time saves nine

The customer is always right

How do you eat an elephant?

There are many one liners out in the world. This cube features a section of the book Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin where he speaks of the danger of sticking to a simple secret to life.



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Starting Question:

What is the short statement you live your life by?

Cube0022 – Coloring Sheep

Ever had someone attempt to manage you through fear? Have you done this to others?

In his book titled Tribes, Seth Godin dubs this Sheepwalking. A good portion of this cube can be found on his site; here is a highlight:

Step one is to give the problem a name. Done. Step two is for anyone who sees themself in this mirror to realize that you can always stop. You can always claim the career you deserve merely by refusing to walk down the same path as everyone else just because everyone else is already doing it.

The biggest step, though, comes from anyone who teaches or hires. And that’s to embrace non-sheep behavior, to reward it and cherish it. As we’ve seen just about everywhere there’s been growth lately, that’s where the good stuff happens.


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Starting Questions:

  1. Do you try to encourage people to sheepwalk or to be creative?
  2. Do you trust your team, especially those who report to you? How can you improve the level of trust?
  3. … … what questions came to your mind as you listened?

Cube0009 – Bigger Building Question

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Think of Things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart is a book about changing from a “Use & Throw Away” building mindset to a “Use & Use the waist too” design mindset.

This clip from the 5th chapter is a story of Bill working on developing a new housing system for a formerly nomadic tribe. There were other groups making proposals, both starting with fundamentally different questions.

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