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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Paperback – April 5, 2011
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-Wall Street Journal
"Pink is rapidly acquiring international guru status . . . He is an engaging writer, who challenges and provokes."
"Pink's ideas deserve a wide hearing. Corporate boards, in fact, could do well by kicking out their pay consultants for an hour and reading Pink's conclusions instead."
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"[Pink] continues his engaging exploration of how we work."
"Pink's a gifted writer who turns even the heaviest scientific study into something digestible-and often amusing-without losing his intellectual punch."
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"A worthwhile read. It reminds us that those of us on the right side of the brain are driven furthest and fastest in pursuit of what we love."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Pink's analysis--and new model--of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature."
"Important reading...an integral addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a radical shift in how businesses operate."
"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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That sounds like it would be geared towards a very narrow group of people.
But "motivation" is what get's you up in the morning, what allows you to find your path,
and what allows us to understand what makes other people tick.
This book and The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor read together at the right time in
your life...will change your life. Buy the audio on both as well and listen as you take long walks
into nature. You're welcome.
Pink demonstrates that the keys are:
* Intrinsic Motivation (discussed the book "Flow" frequently)
* Ability to be creative in aspects of work
* Long-term thinking vs. Short-term thinking
* Not setting performance goals (setting goals means people set easier, attainable goals)
It is an easy read; the reason for not 5 stars is that the book could use more substance and more how to implement in the workplace or even in one's own life. Maybe that's the next step.
Though I fail to see how you can simply live the hedonistic way, and only do, what you currently feel like doing, I do agree that providing workers with autonomy on how and when things are done - as long as they are done - greatly helps these in their work, and often leads to a better end result than what a slave would do. Those who do the work probably know better than the God-perspective architect the best layout of their workplace.
If having the option of mastering something you like to do or just leaving at 'good enough' I think most people would chose the former.
The book is well written, and drives the point home that most workers - especially those trying to be creative - are far better off at a looser level and less restrictions. As Fred Brooks mentioned: Some things you can't force, e.g. adding more women to a group of pregnant women will not speed up the birth.