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Drive Audiobook

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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      Wayne Hetherington 12-22-14
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      "Thought provoking!"

      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!

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      Mr. Jody N. Holland Texas 08-26-14
      Mr. Jody N. Holland Texas 08-26-14 Member Since 2015
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      What did you love best about Drive?

      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!


      What did you like best about this story?

      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.


      What about Daniel H. Pink’s performance did you like?

      He has a great voice and his passion for the subject comes out beautifully.


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      I became very contemplative, reviewing my business and planning my new motivational strategy.


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      Great Scot 06-28-14
      Great Scot 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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      "Outstanding! Every chapter a life changer."
      Would you consider the audio edition of Drive to be better than the print version?

      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.


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      John United States 12-26-13
      John United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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      "Great content, narration a bit underwhelming..."
      What made the experience of listening to Drive the most enjoyable?

      The content is enlightening. Helps me think about my company and the individuals within it and how to motivate them.


      What did you like best about this story?

      The simple statement:
      " if you ever want your child to never take out the trash again, pay them to do it once..."


      What aspect of Daniel H. Pink’s performance would you have changed?

      Just the narration. He comes across as a "football jock" trying to sound intelligent. Not the best combination.


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

      Surprise!- your doing it wrong...


      Any additional comments?

      I mean no disrespect to Pink with my feedback. I hope it is taken as constructive.

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      Nicole 12-05-13
      Nicole 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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      What did you like best about Drive? What did you like least?

      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.


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

      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.


      Which character – as performed by Daniel H. Pink – was your favorite?

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      Could you see Drive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

      N/A


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      Colleen Barry Boston, MA United States 08-18-13
      Colleen Barry Boston, MA United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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      "It is fascinating to learn what motivates people"
      What did you like best about this story?

      This can be very helpful for managers and other leaders. I have found much of what was discussed to be true in my life.


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      No. Too long.


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      Eleanor Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-11-13
      Eleanor Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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      "Worthwhile"
      Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      Second among two


      What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

      This isn't that kind of book


      What does Daniel H. Pink bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      Meaningful pauses


      Any additional comments?

      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.

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      Pete Dallas 01-18-13
      Pete Dallas 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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      Any additional comments?

      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.

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      Southy 11-16-12
      Southy 11-16-12
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      "Amazing Book!"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      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.


      What about Daniel H. Pink’s performance did you like?

      His ideas were clear and explained very well and I could understand and relate to them.


      Any additional comments?

      Definitely worth the listen, best book I have listened to yet!

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      Pamela J United States 10-28-12
      Pamela J United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2016

      Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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      "Wonderful content in need of professional narrator"

      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.

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