it's a must read for anyone going into business management or anyone who manages a business now. I will definitely read it again and again and already recommended it to a couple friends.
This book also includes a lot of psychology and insight on why Motivation 3.0 works.
Decent book, plenty of new ideas about motivation in today's world. Lots of evidence rooted in scientific experiments presented.
The one complaint I have is the lack of any advice related to the folks in the "algorithmic" end of the spectrum. Sadly many jobs like that exist today and that's the reality. The book focuses more on those who have jobs that allow for some creativity. What I could gather is that if you have an algorithmic-type job, then motivation 2.0 is how you will be managed and the only thing you can do really is seek higher vocations that allow for some autonomy. The motivation 3.0 theory really only exists in places that are more progressive in their management styles. So while the end of the book is a bit pie-in-the-sky, the meat of the book serves as a good way of articulating that thrill you receive when solving problems that allow for some latitude when it come to how something is done.
I listened to it once and loved it so much that I got the print copy and listened to it again as I read along. I'm sure I will refer back to it even more as I try out some of the concepts at work and at home.
Everyone who wants to help their families, workmates, and themselves to find greater joy and fulfillment in their work should read this book!
Drive really helped me understand why the traditional approaches to motivation at work were falling short. I have know that throwing carrots in front my staff was not getting the job done, but I didn't fully grasp the shift in approach until this book. Believing that motivation has changed and understanding what to do about it are two very different things. I now understand what to do about it!
Dan has an incredible way of explaining the application of the new motivation. I took away dozens of ideas to implement now with my teams.
He has a great voice and his passion for the subject comes out beautifully.
I became very contemplative, reviewing my business and planning my new motivational strategy.
I actually purchased the audio edition to "fake" my way through a book I promised a friend I would read. I went back and re-read, highlighted, and made notes in my print version. I liked the audio because it got me started. I liked the print because it allowed me to digest.
The content is enlightening. Helps me think about my company and the individuals within it and how to motivate them.
The simple statement:
" if you ever want your child to never take out the trash again, pay them to do it once..."
Just the narration. He comes across as a "football jock" trying to sound intelligent. Not the best combination.
Surprise!- your doing it wrong...
I mean no disrespect to Pink with my feedback. I hope it is taken as constructive.
I really enjoyed the overall themes of the book. I appreciated and agreed with a lot of his thoughts regarding motivation especially that it is human nature to be curious, not lazy. The book did make me stop and think a lot about who I am, what makes me more motivated, and how I can adjust things to create a work environment that works best for me.
I would, but I may not recommend it in audio format. My reason for that is there are points where I think it would be beneficial to flip back and forth and that can start to get difficult in an audiobook.
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.