I think that the most profound part of the Dan Pink videos for me was the mention of the disconnect between what science offers and what business actually does.
Pink says, “there is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.” He mentions that what we thought worked (if-then rewards) only works in certain circumstances and often destroy creativity. There is a misconception in business that higher incentive automatically equals higher productivity and that a system of rewards and punishments do not lead to high performance.
This makes me think about the action of effectively communicating science to lay audiences. Is it that the science is not clear enough for the businesses to understand and take action or is it that the science doesn’t fit the business models or is too expensive to implement?
The same concept applies to grading. Good performance relies on intrinsic motivation. I think that if grades were not used in education in the similar carrot on a stick fashion, perhaps the desire to do things for self will travel to the workforce once students graduate.