A lot of businesspeople and members of other organizations -- especially when they identify as conservatives -- see employee incentive as directly proportional with pay. It's conventional wisdom. But is it true? Well, yes and no. Some interesting discoveries have been made by those who have investigated the question and found out what really motivates people to think creatively and productively. You'll be surprised.
"My last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation," wrote Whittaker, who headed an engineering team for social network Google+. "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.
"Google once gave its engineers the time and resources to be creative. That experimental approach yielded several home-run hits like Chrome and Gmail. But Google fell behind in one key area: competing with Facebook."