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Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't:
One: Those 20th century rewards those motivators we think are a natural part of business, do work, but only in a surprisingly narrow band of circumstances.Two: Those if-then rewards often destroy creativity.Three: The secret to high performance isn't rewards and punishments, but that unseen intrinsic drive. The drive to do things for their own sake. The drive to do things cause they matter.


I also recommend this second video from Dan Pink. It is short with a really clever white board drawing.


History:
11/4/09 : First publish
05/29/10:  Add RSA video

The Phenomenal Product Manager book review

Six months ago, I felt like I needed to step back from my current activity. It was time for me to ask others what they felt were the basic and reference books about product management.

The result of the thread I initiated showed two books. One for a newbie and one as reference which receptively are:
The Phenomenal Product ManagerThe Product Manager's Desk Reference After opening the delivery carton, I pulled out the books and held one in each hand. Their respected weight confirmed to me the one, I would read first.
After reading the third chapter of the Phenomenal Product Manager, I told myself: "My god this is another book about leadership". By reading this book, I was looking for product management knowledge but here I found something that described how to collaborate with people. But I continued up to the end, because it is well written and also because its end was not so far. Despite my disappointment, I was astonished by the quality of each tip and I was finding mys…

Mobile platforms

Watching Steve Levin's talk on Infoq about multiple mobile platform development, I asked myself the average time I concentrate on each product management skill.
Refering to the 280group manifesto,I understand this talk will help me to improve my market and the technology knowledge.

About platforms, I recorded the following remarks.
Each platform has something annoying:
The Iphone's black-boxed application validation process,Android UI which needs to improved,Windows mobile and its API, badly implemented by manufacturers,Blackberry's OS which is based on an old one.If you want to know more about one subject, go to the video and click on the question that is stir your interest. The video will be set to the question to which you need an answer.

From the distribution point of view, I really agree with his remarks about the Apple Store, that I would summarize thus:
Apple has a built-in store system and nothing more has to be done by the end user (e.g. adding an application instal…