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

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, 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 the world.
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A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, 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 the world. 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.

©2011 Daniel H Pink (P)2011 Canongate

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    Randall Carol Stream, IL 03-03-12
    Randall Carol Stream, IL 03-03-12

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    "This should become required reading"

    I have been in management and leadership for many years and struggled with it. This book explained why. This book is a summary of many years of research about what truly motivates humans -- hint: it isn't more money!! The book also teaches how to apply the results of these findings. This book is a must read for anyone who wants truly motivate a team and create exponential productivity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Strickland Boulder Creek, CA, United States 09-10-11
    Strickland Boulder Creek, CA, United States 09-10-11
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    "Good content, narrator not so great"

    I like this book but the way the narrator talks sucks the life out of it. For a book called Drive you'd think he'd have more emotion in talking. It makes it a bit hard to stay engaged and want to listen to it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nate Jackson, MS, United States 07-19-12
    Nate Jackson, MS, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice Twist."

    A lot of regurgitated info, but gives plenty of credit to the sources - all while providing good insight into the shortsightedness of money-driven motivation. Dollars aren't the best long-term motivator, and intrinsic motivation trumps extrinsic in many cases. There are also some fantastic business stories about how companies took different approaches to motivate workers. Good stuff and a quick read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Canberra, Australia 12-20-12
    Darren Canberra, Australia 12-20-12
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    "Exciting thinking well presented"
    Would you listen to Drive again? Why?

    There's a lot to learn from this book. The thinking is transformative, and the evidence base is strong and interesting. This was entertaining, and also strategically insightful.


    What other book might you compare Drive to and why?

    Drive reminded me a bit of the Jobs biography mashed in with Gladwell's Blink, in a neat, concise and consumable package. If you enjoyed those, you'll enjoy this.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone who has the ability to radically shift their organisation should listed to this for inspiration.

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    Rodrigo DORAL, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Rodrigo DORAL, FL, United States 12-11-12

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    "Great book"

    It's a really good explanation of the behavior of the people around me, why they do or don't do things.
    I can use the information provided to make changes in the company I work for, in my family, in my own behavior... I definitely will try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SANDRINE Mexico City, Mexico 09-06-12
    SANDRINE Mexico City, Mexico 09-06-12
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    "Interesting new perspective about motivation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drive to be better than the print version?

    I bought both! It was nice to read over the passages I liked best.


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

    His personal voice!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Drive?

    Focus more on the intrinsic factors that motivate people in the 21st century.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy reading how he explains why lawyers are fundamentally unhappy people!

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    Sandy Canby, OR, United States 09-03-12
    Sandy Canby, OR, United States 09-03-12
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    "I learned a few new things!"
    Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook - I enjoyed it, but need to write things down. I found it hard to remember everything while listening in a car (nothing personal against this book - just love business ideas - but need to write them down)


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    Robert Invermere, British Columbia, Canada 06-19-12
    Robert Invermere, British Columbia, Canada 06-19-12
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    "see the future"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. it will shape the future of the planet. Business, family relationships and our success as a species. This book will change the way you interact with your colleages and kids


    What did you learn from Drive that you would use in your daily life?

    How to get my kids to do chores.


    Any additional comments?

    Very clear voice and expression that draws you in. One of the most pleasant voices. Extremetly well researched and presented.

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    Susann Bowling Green, KY, United States 05-26-12
    Susann Bowling Green, KY, United States 05-26-12
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    "Great read for parents & educators"
    Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    9/10


    What other book might you compare Drive to and why?

    I'd have to say it is most like Freakanomics. Both are nonfiction and discuss what motivates people. Both are very enjoyable and thought-provoking.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Never pay a child for good grades!


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book multiple times and I recommend it to every parent, professional and, particularly, to educators.

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    MCB 05-07-12
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    "So Much More Than You Might Think"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book teaches you truths about motivation and it applies to more than just motivating employees. It applies to everything we do in life. I actually bought the audio version as well as the book version. I have listened to the audio book at least twice and bought the book because I wanted to refer to concepts that resonate so deeply with me. They, I'm not exactly sure who "They" are...but they say that "The teacher appears when the student is ready"...I was so ready for this book! Thank you Daniel Pink for assembling such clear, and concise information!


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  • Elizabeth
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    4/17/11
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    "Essential motivational theory reading"

    Absolutely brilliant! A must for anyone interested in motivational theory. Pink et al review the previous research behind motivational theory ('sticks and carrots') and demonstrate why this is no longer appropriate for changes in the type of work that our society and business now needs and can, in many circumstances, result in poorer performance. The authors then review the research base over the last ten years, pointing to three main factors (autonomy, mastery and purpose) that research has demonstrated effect type I (intrinsic) motivation, with examples from business. The authors helpfully suggest some techniques you might employ in yuour own organisation to tap into type I motivation.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
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    "Shows how to make work and life engaging"
    What did you like most about Drive?

    It had a clear framework to understand the author's point - that current motivation methods are broken and how to motivate myself and others without the Carrot and the Stick.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A - nofiction


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

    N/A - nofiction


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

    No. I listened to it while driving - the Rolling University, as Zig Zigglar puts it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • PER
    Skudeneshavn, Norway
    4/13/13
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    "Facinating and mind bending in a good way"

    I have almost finished this book. It keeps pushing idea's and probable thruths into my mind and in a very easy and likeable way. My perspective was to find some better motivation for my work. It certainly fulfilled my needs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Rothon
    London , United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Fantastic Listen!"

    I heard about Dan Pink at work via a Ted Talk on Youtube. That talk appears to be a summation of his book. His theories on motivation are explained in very easy to understand terms, using very well described examples and studies. It's a great tale of what can and does motivate us and why we're driven (or not) to do achieve or act. He consistently pushes home reasons why the carrot and stick approach only works for so long and why it works for some people and not others. He cites examples of how organisations benefit from making use of this understanding, often inherently, with how they treat their staff. Autonomy and mastery or two areas he keeps highlighting as the new way to generate motivation within companies, groups and organisations. An excellent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shabra Dowson
    Malvern, England
    12/23/12
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    "Short-term inspiration"

    I enjoyed listening to Daniel H Pink on my drive to work and found the audiobook to be motivational while I was listening to it. However his inspiration has worn off somewhat a few weeks later. There were some interesting insights in there and I’m sure my approach to life has changed since listening to the book. Great to have the author narrating his own work. I'll certainly be listening to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Penarth, United Kingdom
    2/13/14
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    "thought provoking"

    The author talks with passion and with reference to a wealth of research on a number of aspects of motivation.
    It goes against an lot of perceived wisdom and current business practise, but it all makes sense and flows very well.
    I found myself agreeing with the author on most things, but then again I am right brained myself.

    It may help to have an introductory knowledge of motivation theories, NLP, left /right brain science but its not essential.

    I will certainly seek out other works by Daniel pink and other authors he references, particularly the Hungarian whose name I can neither pronounce or spell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
    1/9/14
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    "Monotonous and Boring"

    Ive had this for 8 months now and haven't finished it. The narrator's constant drone is dull and the content gets lost. Not for me although if you like facts and figures then give it a go as I'm sure it's quite interesting and the subject matter important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pauline
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    5/3/13
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    "so good"

    This book is easy to follow with clear explanations of motivations. The reader engages the listener well and the end of the book has some valuable. useful and thoughtful considerations. I used this book to assist me in my Masters assignment on leadership and management strategies. I really enjoyed listening and found it valuable in my daily life as well as in my studies, I would recommend this read/listen :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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