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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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Publisher's Summary

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 2013
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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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    Regan Forde NEWPORT, VIC Australia 04-18-15
    Regan Forde NEWPORT, VIC Australia 04-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic insight into what makes us tick"

    Loved this audiobook and the connection with many other great authors. Dan pinks reading was exceptional and the concepts presented well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 04-06-15
    Edward 04-06-15
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    "Not quite as straight forward"
    Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle for information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    no characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    narration was good


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

    sadly the book repeated itself a lot, and the main facts don't weigh up in light of better understanding of simple behavioural psychology


    Any additional comments?

    Internal and external motivation sound great but at the heart they are simple conditioned behaviours - not the conclusion the book came to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steph Seeker Australia 12-03-14
    Steph Seeker Australia 12-03-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Great for Employee Retention"
    If you could sum up Drive in three words, what would they be?

    Motivation Isnt Money


    What did you like best about this story?

    My understanding of what our true Drivers of Excellence is.


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

    PURPOSE IS KEY.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book would teach me how to find my Drive. This book is more about the study of Drive. Not necessarily how to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Canberra, Australia 12-20-12
    Darren Canberra, Australia 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rodrigo DORAL, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Rodrigo DORAL, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

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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 Member Since 2011
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Elizabeth
    tauntonUnited Kingdom
    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
  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom
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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
  • 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.

    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
  • rafael garcia lepper
    4/5/15
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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed the book, but didn't like the Operative System analogy in which most of the book is based. Otherwise it's good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W. Baker
    Reading, UK
    4/1/15
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    "Love it"

    Daniel is a wonderful narrator reading a fantastic book. His stories and lessons are well laid out and enjoyable. You will not regret buying this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Fronczak
    Warsaw, Poland
    2/27/15
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    "Interesting, useful but to repetitive"

    Liked the insights in the book. Stories were interesting but as I said a little too repetitive and business oriented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zymbax
    2/2/15
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    "A definate must read!"

    The subjects and studies that are discussed in this book are serious eye openers for respectable entrepreneurs and businesses owners. The book has a fast pace and as I listened to it while driving I feel I need to listen to it again with a pen and paper to write down specific learnings. I see it as a book of study and intellectual enrichment. And not as a story book to take lightly. I'm sure it will have a similar effect on you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Crowhurst, United Kingdom
    7/8/14
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    "A well considered motivation book"

    A very interesting read. Well narrated by the author who has a good voice to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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