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
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.
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.
Delivered by the author with a strident style, this book made me think about motivation and how I might apply some ideas in the workplace. There are some sweeping assertions in the book, and a few logical leaps, but the main points are well argued and compelling. Well worth a listen.
Entrepreneur in the IT industry. Engaged by learning. Fascinated by esoterica, the new, the interesting or the recently uncovered.
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.
N/A - nofiction
N/A - nofiction
No. I listened to it while driving - the Rolling University, as Zig Zigglar puts it.
A short book on how motivation for work has changed over time and what you can do to leverage that drive in your favour. Daniel Pink is a competent narrator and knows his subject matter, delivered in an easy going style. The book is structured so that the ideas that are introduced can be acted upon. There are some bullet point action lists, quick recaps of chapters and well stocked list on further reading books.
I enjoyed it and hope to test the section that applies to personal career development, bringing up intrinsically motivated kids and some further reading particularly Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
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.
Intelligent, usually kind and sometimes wise. Living in Worcestershire, England.
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.
Interesting story on motivational theory but I found the speed of narration too fast in some places especially when introducing new terminologies, names etc. I also feel that the structure could be improved by stating what the conclusions of a line of thinking are before going on a supportive narrative. As an audio book it's more difficult to return exactly to a previous location so more sign posting in the text would help.
"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.
"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.
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.
"I will be listening to this again"
I have enjoyed this for the second time. this time on double speed and still comes across as personable. I would strongly recommend the for folks who just have a genera LM interest in motivation as a spring board into the subject.
"very good read especially last few chapters "
I loved the baby boomers quest for autonomy and the fact lure of Maserty is both painful and pleasurable
"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.
"Not quite as straight forward"
In the middle for information
narration was good
sadly the book repeated itself a lot, and the main facts don't weigh up in light of better understanding of simple behavioural psychology
Internal and external motivation sound great but at the heart they are simple conditioned behaviours - not the conclusion the book came to
"Great for Employee Retention"
Motivation Isnt Money
My understanding of what our true Drivers of Excellence is.
PURPOSE IS KEY.
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.
"Exciting thinking well presented"
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.
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.
Everyone who has the ability to radically shift their organisation should listed to this for inspiration.
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.
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