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Drive Audiobook
Drive
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Daniel H. Pink
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Daniel H. Pink
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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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      Pete Dallas 01-18-13
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      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
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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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      Ocean Portsmouth, NH, United States 10-28-12
      Ocean Portsmouth, NH, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2011

      Love to read. Love to write.

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      "Fascinating"

      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.

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      R. Campbell Glastonbury, CT, United States 10-25-12
      R. Campbell Glastonbury, CT, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2009

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      "Motivation As Software"

      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.

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      Amazon Customer 10-09-12
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      "Why We Do What We Do & What Works"
      Would you consider the audio edition of Drive to be better than the print version?

      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.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Drive?

      The references, the quotes about mastery and information around setting and achieving goals.


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

      You hear his passion behind the purpose of this work.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      "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."


      Any additional comments?

      A read for all who are interested in understanding what "drives" the human operating system.

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      Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
      Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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      "Not much content if you are knowledgeable"

      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.

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      philosopher65 09-28-12
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      "Great Read"
      Would you listen to Drive again? Why?

      I have a tendency to only go through a book once...but this is one of those that ought to be gone through at least once.


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      Patrick United States 09-09-12
      Patrick United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2015

      Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!

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      "Great listen for any enviroment in for improvement"
      Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      It ranks within my top ten. This book is concept changing.

      You will re-invent your wheel when reading this book. Your old thoughts of motivation??? Throw them away and face these new challenges of the holistic concept of team. The challenges you will face to change the way you motivate others and the results that will come from it.

      This book should only be read or listened to by: parents, any work environment that need improvement, anyone that has to interact with any human being to accomplish a goal. It's a leader’s bff.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Drive?

      The view on how to motivate kids.


      Which scene was your favorite?

      Getting away from words like "should" & "must" and transitioning to "consider" & "think about". Awesome!!!!


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

      It made me smile.


      Any additional comments?

      Must read or listen for anyone that wants to be or is a leader.

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      Simone Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-21-12
      Simone Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-21-12 Member Since 2012
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      "Should be called "What motivates employees""

      Good if you are a manager or business owner but very little that is helpful outside of the business world.

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