Employers look to fill openings with people who are good enough at the right pay. They are not just looking for people with the skills to perform the job. More importantly they are looking for employees with the right attitude. Seth Godin elaborates,
An organization filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven people will always defeat the one that merely has talent. Every time.
Attitude is a choice. So how can we build rapport with students and help them develop the right attitude? Daniel Pink believes we can help students develop the right attitude (motivation) through autonomy (self directed), mastery (get better, it matters) and purpose (greater good).
We have a biological drive, and we have a reward and punishment drive. But human beings also have a third drive. We do things because we enjoy doing them or because they are the right things to do or because they contribute to the world. Science shows that this intrinsic drive is the pathway to performance. The secret to high performance is that unseen intrinsic drive, the drive to do things because they matter, and I believe that includes three elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose.
Autonomy has to do with the desire to direct our own lives. Mastery is our urge to get better and better at something that matters. And purpose is the yearning we have to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
We need to switch our focus from grades to solving problems and creating in different meaningful ways. When we touch the learner’s inner desire to do something because they find it deeply satisfying and personally challenging, we inspire them to the highest levels of creativity.