“Algorithmic” vs “Heuristic” Tasks & contrasting motivational needs


Algorithmic tasks are those where we follow a set of instructions and reach a conclusion.

Creativity and ad campaigns are mostly heuristic where the ask is to come up with something new.

Whereas algorithmic tasks need “Left Brain” , heuristics need “Right Brain” orientation.

Hence for algorithmic tasks , Motivation 2.0 or Reward and Punish can be a good enabler.

Whereas for heuristics , autonomy , mastery and purpose part of intrinsic motivation and Motivation 3.0 acts as the catalyst.

Adopted from Daniel Pink’s book Drive.

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