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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us | [Daniel H. Pink]

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.
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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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      Mike Fort Collins, CO, United States 10-16-10
      Mike Fort Collins, CO, United States 10-16-10
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      "A missing link"

      If you are a fan of Aubrey Daniels and Marcus Buckingham, you need this book. It's the bridge that provides the missing context in today's predominantly thinking based jobs.

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      Colin Doylestown, PA, United States 10-14-10
      Colin Doylestown, PA, United States 10-14-10
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      "He's got it!!"

      Dan has got it nailed, the future of work culture that is! A must read for anyone wondering why many organizations are so dis-com-bob-u-lated. Very refreshing and enlightening, a real dose of hope and possibility to keep you "driving".

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      John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10
      John Chesterfield, MO, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2014

      I love studyng business.

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      "Brilliant, with a lot regurgitated material."

      I found it hard to follow much of this book having read most of the books pink cites. If you are not up to date on a lot of mid set books, then this is a decent synopsis. I patently disagree with several of his examples as case studies because they use very faulty logic. Comparing the ability of a Harvard MBA to that of a poor indian farmer fails in so many ways. In that he cited the work correctly yes, I agree, but the work is myopic and fails on many levels as do most authors who use case studies to bring about broad sweeping generalities about society. This is a decent read and cites some very profound and amazing work.

      1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Najiyah 08-07-10
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      Great book in both content and style. Clear and easy to understand. The information are well-defended with scientific evidence. Covered a very important subject very well.

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      Eric Woodard Alexandria, VA 08-02-10
      Eric Woodard Alexandria, VA 08-02-10 Listener Since 2009
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      "Glad I picked this one"

      I thought this was a really excellent book: easy to listen to, new information that was useful and interesting. The author does a good job narrating.

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      Bill Austin, TX, USA 05-15-10
      Bill Austin, TX, USA 05-15-10
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      "Liked this book!"

      I liked this book very much and have recommended it to my daughters to read - I think it will make them better managers at work and better mothers for my grandsons.

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      Frank Maplewood, NJ, United States 04-29-10
      Frank Maplewood, NJ, United States 04-29-10
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      "I learned alot"

      I learned allot about my self from listening to the this book. I also leaned how to deal with other people better.

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      David Boulder, CO, USA 04-06-10
      David Boulder, CO, USA 04-06-10
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      "Great Audiobook - I couldn't turn it off"

      Fascinating book that provided a whole new perpsective for me on what motivates people at work and in every day life. It also gave me insight into my own way of thinking and why I enjoy certain activities and work environments over others. Self-awareness can be a very powerful thing and this book really did that for me.

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      ellerl 04-02-10
      ellerl 04-02-10 Member Since 2007

      educator and technologist

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      "New Insights"

      New twist on behavior and motivation. I really liked the comparisons of Motivation 1.0 to the industrial age and Motivation 2.0 to the information age. He offers suggestions for where education needs to go that I believe are headed in the right directions.As an educator of 30 + years, I understand what he is trying to show the slowly changing world of education but realize that these changes will take a long time to occur. This is a good read and most informative while filled with humor and easy to understand.

      1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Ron Boise Idaho USA 03-31-10
      Ron Boise Idaho USA 03-31-10 Member Since 2014
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      "AWESOME"

      Loved it... must read. Learned a TON!

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