Daniel Pink is an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work. His book, Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, explores research showing why people of all ages who are intrinsically motivated routinely outperform those who are motivated by external factors.
Workplaces often try to shape employee behavior with rewards and punishments; however, the research Pink outlines demonstrates that these incentives and threats are not effective. Of course, Dr. Maria Montessori figured that out a long time ago.
In Drive, Pink mentions Montessori as an educational approach that works precisely because children are given autonomy, opportunities to achieve mastery, and a chance to contribute meaningfully to others. “I am not a Montessori scholar at all, but I know that at the heart of it is self-direction and letting kids follow their own curiosity, not dictating things, not bribing them or threatening them, but allowing self-direction as the pathway to understanding and excellence…Montessori is at the heart of an approach to Motivation that the science shows is both more humane and more effective. Every school, educator and parent can learn from this enduring and successful approach.”
Daniel Pink isn’t the only business thought-leader who has noticed the parallels between Montessori principles and the latest research on how to create successful teams. The article below from the Forbes magazine blog offers a glimpse into why so many of our alums go on to achieve excellence in meaningful careers. At CMS, they discover their passion for learning, which leads to success for life.
CLICK HERE to read the full article, Montessori Schools Offer Big Lessons for ‘Managers’ in the Forbes magazine blog.
Blog post written by: Kim Schneider, Head of Chesterfield Montessori School