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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Publisher's Summary

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people--at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does - and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:

  • Autonomy - the desire to direct our own lives
  • Mastery - the urge to get better and better at something that matters
  • Purpose- the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves
  • Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

    Drive is bursting with big ideas-- the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

    ©2009 Daniel H. Pink; (P)2009 Penguin

    What the Critics Say

    "Pink's analysis - and new model - of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Drive is the rare book that will get you to think and inspire you to act. Pink makes a strong, science-based case for rethinking motivation--and then provides the tools you need to transform your life." (Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of YOU: The Owners Manual)

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      Gary 05-25-10
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      "Fantastic"

      This was an excellent book which helped me understand how I can greatly improve my personal and professional life. I read "Flow" many years ago and this is the perfect compliment to that book. "Drive" is narriated by the author who does an excellent job of delivering a clear and understandable message of what makes people succeed (or fail). I highly recommend "Drive".

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      John Cambridge, ON, Canada 02-25-10
      John Cambridge, ON, Canada 02-25-10 Member Since 2013
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      "The Surprising Truth About Drive"

      A thoroughly enjoyable read. The themes were repeated in such away that I could absorbed them even in the audio format. I've been encouraging others to read the book by listing the three factors of drive. This tells me that the material was presented to that I could actually benefit from it. In some ways the book was too long in there there wasn't new material added when the existing topics were covered. I wholeheartedly recommend the book to managers, even parents!

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      Ted 12-09-16
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      "Good knowledge not as good delivery "

      Did not get captured about the way the info is delivered. Important topic in the book so learn it

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      June Rizzo Treloar Wisconsin 09-30-16
      June Rizzo Treloar Wisconsin 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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      "A crucial read for a mor fulfilling life!"

      Dan Pink does an exceptional job of distilling the research on motivation so that we can shape our home and workplaces to improve our lives. As an educator, this book resonated with me and has given me a clear vision of how to use autonomy, mastery and purpose to help teachers do their best work to help kids learn.

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      Amber H 09-21-16
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      "Must Listen!!"

      I just started my audio book journey..honestly I find it hard to stay tuned in on many books..but the narrator of this book is easy to focus in on. I love his ideas on drive. Great listen!!

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      Daniel Flynn Cambridge, MA United States 12-02-13
      Daniel Flynn Cambridge, MA United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2016

      I am a life long learner who likes to think differently.

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      "Repetitive"
      Would you listen to Drive again? Why?

      Yes, because there were snippets that were extremely valuable.


      Would you recommend Drive to your friends? Why or why not?

      Yes, because I think too many people are motivated by the wrong reasons and they then motivate others ineffectively.


      Any additional comments?

      Good just repeated the message a number of times

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      Ethan 10-28-12
      Ethan 10-28-12
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      "Meh"

      Book is not surprising. Watch the ted talk first and you'll get the highpoints. Too many bad metaphors about society and computers.

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      David San Jose, CA United States 10-15-12
      David San Jose, CA United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2012
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      "I have been wondering about motivation"

      I've seen some of this work in other sources. I particularly like the breakdown of tradition reward and punish design. I've seen reward/punishment fail all too often. This book is so good, I've been searchng out the other books he recommends and have already downloaded those I could find on audio. This book is about what he calls Motivation 3.0. He talks about the 4 T's -- which our desire to have autonomy around Task, Team, Time, and Technique. I've seen the 4 T's at work in my own organization and it's marvelous. I wish more employers would recognize this DRIVE. Read it, share it!

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      Joshua Kim 06-10-12
      Joshua Kim 06-10-12

      mostly nonfiction listener

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      "Read Drive"

      Drive got trashed by the Economist - you should read it and make your own judgements.

      Drive falls squarely in the "strengths" literature - a field I know best from the work of Marcus Buckingham. The basic premise is familiar. Traditional management strategies of incentives and sanction (rewards and sticks) are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive in motivating performance. Effect motivation needs to be intrinsic. People need to do work that is meaningful, and they need be given both autonomy and responsibility for their jobs. Workplaces (and educational environments) are best set-up to focus on results rather than means. People will perform well if their job (or education's) matches their strengths (passions) - efforts by management to focus on and correct weaknesses are bound to fail.

      Personally, I find this philosophy both correct and liberating. Drive is a book that I hope is read and discussed in both higher ed. and in other workplaces.

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      Guy C Marona 05-27-12
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      "Can I get my money back for this strawman?"
      Any additional comments?

      This book outright ignores certain psychological facts of human behavior in order to promote an idea that only works for those that already have basic needs in life met. While it would be wonderful to implement in a utopian world that is not reality.

      While it may incorporate Maslow's Hierarchy it does its best to outright ignore the basic facts at the same time to bolster a point. Case studies are rarely people selected at random from society but are those willing to commit to testing for various reasons - motivating children (semi-random selections) who have their basic needs met in life is a far cry from a person (more than likely not the average test subject) trying to keep their family fed and secure. So using children and volunteer test subjects while comparing to adult test subjects that are NOT random is very misleading. I'll give you a hint: If pay (which he constantly decrees) is not a factor then why will people in the U.S. culture not work certain available jobs for low pay? But those in foreign countries are more than willing to do so for far less? This is just one of the obvious errors of his thinking.

      I will admit I could not finish the book; I started reading other reviews which I would advise you to do as well (there are plenty on amazon-the critical ones are most helpful).

      Don't waste your money.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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