Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

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Read Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Online Free - Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) 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 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.

Title : Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
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ISBN : 1594488843
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 242 pages


Ken rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2011

Why am I writing this review on Goodreads, anyway? I'm not getting paid for it. There are plenty of other things I should be doing. And it's not like I have a coterie of devoted followers waiting with bated breath for my next review (in fact, the vast majority of reviews I write here get zero com...

Paul rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 19, 2010

I can think of a few alternate titles for this book. “The Art of Beating a Dead Horse: Your Guide to Regurgitating the Same Point in Every Chapter” “How to Filter Years of Other People’s Research into Broad Talking Points” “You Too Can Write a Book With At Least 25% Filler Material” “The Fair and Bal...

Ian rated it ★★★★★

October 28, 2013

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Trevor rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2010

This book comes with its own summary – a very handy thing: “COCKTAIL PARTY SUMMARY When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system—which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators—doesn’t work and often d...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

September 08, 2010

What frustrates me is the main premise has a contradiction that is never addressed. He begins the book with some research on monkeys that demonstrated an innate interest in solving puzzles. He then goes on to describe his big premise which is that we are are in the midst of a major motivational s...

Jeanette rated it ★★★☆☆

August 11, 2011

So, I listened to this entire book about motivation, and I can't figure out why I don't feel motivated to write a review. No carrot, no stick, no review.

Phoebe rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 08, 2010

Only the first chapter is necessary. The rest is repetitious and filled with soon-to-be-obsolete computer metaphors. However, I've been thinking a lot about this book since I read it (a few weeks ago?), so two stars was perhaps a stingy rating. Everywhere I go lately, I see examples of poorly-desi...

Doug rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 27, 2010

Some good ideas, but for once I'd like to see a book where the case studies about flexible scheduling and autonomy don't involve software companies or consultants. I'd like to see an example where they motivate DMV employees to work harder to do the same menial work, but if giving DMV employees 2...

Donalyn rated it ★★★★☆

October 02, 2010

Reading Pink's book, I endlessly thought about teachers and what motivates us (it's NOT merit-pay) and students and what motivates them to read (it's not pizza coupons or AR points). Funny, insightful, and supported by research, Drive has far-reaching implications for our society and how we view...

Jay rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 15, 2010

As a consultant, I am particularly sensitive to unhelpful jargon and the creation of distinctions without a difference. Enter "Drive." This could have been so much better. As Pink presents correctly, much of the research re human motivation IS counter-intuitive to what most of us tend to think is...

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