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The Limitations of Extrinsic Motivation

The Limitations of Extrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic motivation uses rewards and punishments to change behavior. Effective for simple tasks, not for complex and creative work. Shift to intrinsic motivation is needed.

  • Short-term focus: External rewards drive short-term performance but cause long-term disengagement.
  • Unintended consequences: The carrot-and-stick method can lead to unethical behavior and decrease intrinsic motivation.
  • Ineffectiveness for creativity: Financial incentives can hinder performance for creative tasks.


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