● The basic “rule” of behavior is that, greater incentives will lead to more effort and higher performance. Environment is critical in not only our development, but is influential on almost all of our behaviors. Incentives are motivations in the environment, both positive or negative, that motivate our behavior.
In Endurance, it was obvious Shackleton and the crew endured many offsets through out their journey. However, Shackleton was able to keep them all focused and in high spirits. In hopes of giving the crew an incentive to keep going, after the ship had sunk, Shackleton gave the men new responsibilities and still offered to pay the men. The incentives gave the men confidence and hope when they were at their darkest time. Since there were so many negative incentives such as danger, the men surly needed the same or more positive incentives to keep going. The power of incentive is tremendous in anyone’s life, as seen in this story. Returning with such an unbelievable accomplishment, the incentives were well worth going for.