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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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      Steven Brindle 04-13-16
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      "I highly recommend it!"

      I recommend this book for both parents and teachers of young folks. In today's world that old-fashioned motivational techniques just won't work.

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      Rachelle Davis 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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      "A must listen/read for every modern company."

      The concept of motivation 3.0 is a must for any company wishing to compete for high caliber talent with the Googles and Facebooks of the world.

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      Courtney Ogunpola 04-12-16
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      Drive will change your mind about management. coming from a sales management background I know I will implement these ideas into my organization

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      "excellent"

      now i understand more clearly why I loved some jobs and hated others. really enjoyed the book.

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      Ward 03-11-16
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      This was a wonderful book. I would recommend it to everybody. It opened my eyes to where the world is going.

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      What made the experience of listening to Drive the most enjoyable?

      This book gave me motivation to read more books.


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

      I enjoyed the examples from multiple baseball and basketball players.


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      M. Heltsley Wisconsin 02-24-16
      M. Heltsley Wisconsin 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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      "Still a fantastic book"

      I listen to this book every once in a while anytime I need help with motivation. I also make use of the things discussed within these pages as I manage employees, lead other, non work related, groups and interact with my children. There are a lot of amazing tidbits of information in a lot of books. But this is one of the densest sources in my life

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      Ari-Pekka Karjalainen 02-07-16 Member Since 2017
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      "Good book in general. Good starting point."

      Topic is so huge, that it wont fit in one book. Admittedly author is be aware of this fact and gives an exellent path to follow, after you've read his own book.

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      Tom S Philadelphia, PA 11-22-15
      Tom S Philadelphia, PA 11-22-15 Member Since 2017
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      "Excellent read for a manager"

      It is interesting to read what motivates us as worker and as a team. Autonomy seems to be king, and that makes sense.

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      Rushabh Mehta 10-14-15
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      "80% of this is in the TED talk"

      Great ideas and useful concepts. It lacks data (in my opinion, there was some data) in selling the idea. I cant see my self selling this idea to my CEO as a new way to motivate the sales force. However, I think the ideas a great, resonate with what I have seen and definitely points to the future.

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