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“Left Brain” work vs “Right Brain” Work – Motivation drivers

Dan Pink makes a mention of the different drivers for motivation for these two categories of work.

Left Brain work – E.g Algorithm , calculation etc. related work have a short term nature and may be driven by reward/punishment motivation drivers.

Right brain work – For e.g. work needing autonomy and creativity needs intrinsic motivation as the driver and leads to reduction in productivity if driven by money.

“Carrot Stick” driven motivation vs “Intrinsic”?motivation – Interesting takeaways from Dan Pink’s “Drive”

Carrot stick based motivation kills creativity and focuses absolutely in the short term to satisfy selfish motives.

Intrinsic motivation which cares for an overarching purpose rather than being driven by money , nurtures creativity and stands the test of time.

Once the sense of purpose is realised human brain loves intrinsic motivation to achieve fulfilment.

Biological urge , reward & punishment as motivational factors – How relevant are these in the modern age?

Intrinsic motivation wherein challenge I’m being able to a piece of work and joy in sharing it with others does motivate human beings in the modern era.

Look at Apache , Linux , Hadoop , git etc. and related communities where participants are engrossed in participating in sharing ideas and we can understand the power of intrinsic motivation as a major driver in the modern age.

This necessitates shifting focus from traditional modes of motivational factors.

MSN Encarta vs Wikipedia – Changing human motivation drivers

“Drive” by Dan Pink uses this example very aptly to prove that historical economical principles that place rewards and punishment as a very important factor for motivation falls flat when it comes to “intrinsic motivation” as a major driver in the modern age open source frameworks for e.g. Wikipedia ,Apache etc. where contributors feel intrinsically motivated without feeling the need of money.

Evolution of the “human operating system” – “Drive” by Dan Pink

Dan Pink’s Drive compares drivers of motivation in our society with the computer operating system which has the rules and protocols to run software on any hardware.

Right from the Stone Age during the caveman times motivation used to be factors that solved our biological needs similar to animals.This has been termed as Motivation 1.0.

As the human race evolved to the Industrial Age till very recently rewards and punishment have been major drivers of motivation.This has been termed as Motivation 2.0.

In the modern conceptual age, the need is to upgrade the human operating system taking into account intrinsic motivation to do great work without money being the single major driver.

Think of all Open source not for profit software in vogue now and we can realise the major need to upgrade from Motivation 2.0 to be relevant in the modern era.

Mainframe migration to AWS – Options

Mainframes which have been the backbone of mission critical applications for many decades now , can be migrated to AWS cloud to modernise the workloads.

The options to modernise fall under the following categories.The option to choose needs to be considered on a case to case basis.

1) Shutting down Mainframe workloads by:

    Rehosting the workload to AWS using a lift shift approach using a modern Emulator.
    Automated re-factor of code from Mainframe language to modern language e.g. Java and run on AWS.
    Platform migration by running Mainframe equivalent OS and DB on AWS.

2) Augment Mainframes

    Support for Data analytics – migrating data from Mainframes to Amazon cloud specific DB with Support for analytics.
    Develop outside Mainframes in a AWS any new functionality and use API economy to connect to Mainframes.

3) Development and test environments on AWS to reduce cost of separate environments on Mainframes.

The following is an awesome link with more description on these options.