This can be very helpful for managers and other leaders. I have found much of what was discussed to be true in my life.
No. Too long.
Second among two
This isn't that kind of book
This was a super fast audio book. I think it was something like 5 hours? Not much compared to the Steve Jobs book that I just audio-read for around 32 hours.
I loved the content. Intrinsic motivation is a fascinating topic for anyone but I think especially for creative types. When the idea of compensation and/or reward systems come into play with a task that was previously only "fun" suddenly the whole paradigm cracks. People can sometimes work for the reward only and lose intrinsic motivation. I had never before considered this idea and found it really interesting. Pink's bottom line is that to foster intrinsic motivation a work environment needs to consider autonomy, mastery and purpose on both the individual level as well as organizational level. He goes into great depth on each of these points and offers myriad ways to self-evaluate and perhaps tweak your own way of doing your job. "The distinction between work and play is purely man made." I love that.
The topic becomes very work-book-y which doesn't make it the best audio-book. I'd love to have a hard copy to peruse so I could sit around for an hour with a coffee and consider some of the exercises. Not so easy when the content is buried in a 30-minute track.
Lastly I didn't give this book five stars because I thought the portion of the book dedicated to WHY the traditional system of carrot-and-stick reward-and-punishmnet fails was a bit thin. Loved the comparison to behaviorist theory of animal and human behavior as well as the historical models of management and definitely all the studies about how rewards and punishments can completely backfire but I felt like all of this was prelude towards some larger conclusion that Pink perhaps didn't feel comfortable making. He perhaps correctly inferred that the current system gained popularity because for the majority of human history most peoples' work has been mindless and uncreative and therefore reward was the only way to propel workers forward. And I agree with most of his conclusions but they feel like the biproduct of some greater conclusion about human behavior and creativity that I think he never makes. Perhaps this is why a big chunk of the end of the book is dedicated towards recommendations of other books on very similar topics.
Still, very worthwhile.
This book had a big impact on me. I have read it twice and listened to it once. I think both forms are great but I prefer the written version. The overall concept of Drive is what motivates people. The belief that a system of rewards and punishments as a form of motivation and productivity is turned on its head. You can apply theory's in this book to your personal & business life.
Yes most definitely. This book really strikes home with some new insight into how the world currently operates and how it should evolve to adapt to the new economy.
His ideas were clear and explained very well and I could understand and relate to them.
Definitely worth the listen, best book I have listened to yet!
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Excellent content that could have been much more effective with a really good narrator. It is typical of some of the non-fiction content where statistics just get folded into narration and get lost. This might be a better item to buy in hardcover if you're really interested in following this beyond the fact that it's an interesting concept.
Love to read. Love to write.
Talks about the scientific research that explains what motivates us and why. It also talks about why certain motivational tactics might work, used to work, and may no longer work, depending upon the job needing to be done and the individuals psychological make-up. Very interesting and offers great insights into what to do or not do to motivate people. I found it quite fascinating.
Think of motivation as software and the culture in which it functions as an operating system. Pink explains that while we live in a OS 3.0 world, our motivation techniques are still 2.0 – based on carrot and stick. The industrial world worked well this way, but carrots and sticks discourage creativity.
Pink also explains that human endeavor is typically algorithmic or heuristic – step by step or creative problem solving. Since algorithmic endeavors can be standardized, automated or outsourced, heuristic endeavors are the future in our 3.0 world. Motivation for heuristic endeavors are most frequently intrinsic. Thus, employees, students, athletes… should be nurtured, given ownership and encourage to direct themselves. Pink fills the book with evidence from psychology, economics and neuroscience. While the idea is simple, the documentation is interesting. For a relatively short book, there is a big message.
I have both the audio and the print. I have had the print for 6 months and finally began reading it recently on a flight. I actually finished the book because my Audible account. I was able to listen to it in my car. I am keeping the print nearby as reference manual/workbook.The audio was well read by Daniel Pink and very informative. I look forward to listening to it again.
The references, the quotes about mastery and information around setting and achieving goals.
You hear his passion behind the purpose of this work.
"Mastery is an asymptote. .... Mastery is impossible to fully realize... The joy is in the pursuit more than the realization ... mastery attracts precisely because mastery eludes."
A read for all who are interested in understanding what "drives" the human operating system.
If you have watched Daniel Pink's Quick Draw youtube video on this book, you have pretty much seen all of the content of this book. As a professional in the HR field I found the content too basic and repetitive. I did not finish the book (so take my review in that light). Maybe I'll try to finish it some other time, but I didn't find it to be a good use of my time and I was constantly zoning out while listening.