How can I get people to enter their golf scores into the handicap system? I just read Drive by Dan Pink and would like to apply the ideas of Motivation 3.0 to my problem. I would like this to be the beginning of a discussion about motivation. Please comment.
Pink says only intrinsic motivation works for complex tasks and I guess entering golf scores must fall into that category. The key to intrinsic motivation according to Pink are autonomy, mastery and purpose. So let's see how I can apply the principle to entering golf scores.
Let me give a little background for non-golfers. In order for people of different abilities to compete against other, golf has a system that takes your scores and creates a number that you subtract from your score so that on average you all will shot the same score. So a poorer golfer having a good day will beat a god golfer having a bad day. The system works if everybody enters their scores into the handicap computer.
There seems to tow kinds of people who do not put their scores in the computer. People who want to have a low handicap and do not put in bad scores and people who want to have a high handicap so do not put in low scores. The other group may be just lazy and "forget" to put in scores. External penalties do not work for any length of time and require a lot of work so I want to find another way.
I think I will give them autonomy by telling them it is their choice to enter scores and they can decide if the want to play by the rules in this game that depends on peoples honor. I will explain the purpose of the handicap system and the concept of making competition between players of unequal ability fair. Then explain that a measure of their mastery of the game is their handicap, not individual scores. If they are not putting in all their scores they are not honestly measuring their level of mastery.
The other purpose that I can present is being fair to their team mates and competitors.
I think that covers the principles that Pink present. If you want to read more about Drive and Motivation 3.0, see http://www.danpink.com/drive
I would like some reaction to my dilemma and thoughts.