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on February 4, 2016
The whole book can be summarized in 50 written pages. The author repeats himself again and again, sometime it looks ridiculous as if the goal is just filling up pages... Otherwise interesting topic, that is well worth further reading of material from other ,more interesting researchers.
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on December 14, 2014
The primary premise of the book is that carrots-and-sticks approach to motivation is no longer good for many modern jobs, and a better approach is needed, based on intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is then described as having three components - autonomy, mastery and purpose. Based on that, the last chapter gives practical recommendation for work, family and school setting. The book is brief, easy to read, and might be rather helpful if you are new to the concepts.

On the downside, there is not much of scientific background. While books that synthesize existing research can be really good, this one is based on works of Deci and Csikszentmihalyi, both fairly old, and some anecdotal evidence, like 20%-rule at Google (reportedly discontinued as of 2014). There is a list of more recommended books at the end, but it mostly consists of popular titles, not original research. I expected more sources, and more recent ones.

Fair amount of content, such as splitting of intrinsic motivation into autonomy, mastery and purpose, as well as many recommendations, appear to be author's imagination, not necessary validated. It also takes stance similar to "Flow", presenting intrinsic motivation as something entirely separate, with no relation to delayed extrinsic motivation, and often sounding like it's a good thing.

For that reason, I would suggest that watching TED talk by the book author might be enough, followed by more in-depth books.
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on April 28, 2015
To be honest, it wasn't a bad book by any means but it was a tough read. The concept and Daniels' whole premise of motivation 3.0 and focusing on intrinsic motivation hits the nail on the head. The problem with the book I feel is that it is incredibly repetitive and it got me excited for the book to end as opposing to be upset when it actually did end. Regardless, you'll get some valuable things out of this book, just not my cup of tea since it wasn't really an easy read and didn't get my fingers turning the pages frequently.
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on October 2, 2013
Daniel Pink has written a good book from the perspective of what motivated us as we were growing up, isn't working anymore. It is not working for us, and it is definately not working for the next generation. In DRIVE, he contrasts "Carrots and Sticks" (old school) with "Intrinsic motivation". Intrinsic motivation is doing something for the sheer joy of doing it, or because we are tied into the overarching goals of what is stands for. Compare that to working harder for the goal of more money, more power, more prestige.

Daniel ties into something that Seth Godin is also talking about recently with the idea that we are moving from the Industrial Generation, to an more Connected Generation. Since the goals and guidelines are changing, they way that people are motivated has to change as well. One of the surprising out-takes is that the research this is based upon is not new, this is not a NEW phenomenon. The genesis of the idea was first published in the 1940's and the resurfaced again in the mid 1990's.

It is in interesting read.
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on September 24, 2016
An easy read with some snippets of goodness. I was assigned this book to read for a company book club discussion. It has compelling examples to support its argument that - while receiving a fair base compensation - autonomy, creativity, and choosing who you work with are stronger drivers than money is. Following the group discussion my boss summarized the book as saying that he shouldn't give out bonuses :(
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on August 19, 2016
Drive is a basic overview of the last few decades of research on motivation. If you are looking for a "get your feet wet" primer, this will do fine. However, if you want to delve deeper into the concepts and you want to have your "Okay, but what about...?" questions answered, the Drive falls short. In many ways, Drive feels like a long introduction to another book.
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on October 21, 2014
Go read up Maslow's Hierarchy and Self Determination Theory and you've got this book covered. If you're highly skilled, and adequately compensated accordingly, or managing those types of people then maybe this book on self-actualization, up at the top of Maslow's Hierarchy, is relevant. Otherwise, for the majority of people in the world, it is a bunch of BS.

Also, If you want a feel good read then the book is probably a 5 star.
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on May 13, 2012
I would start by writing that Daniel Pink did a commendable job of introducing a general audience to an emerging area of studies in Psychology, Behavioural Economics and Management. The book engages readers with neat stories, but after going through the first couple of chapters, the author's lack of depth becomes apparent.

It's clear that Pink is not a first-hand researcher in this area, and he constantly references and borrows idea from a handful of Psychologists, most notably Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. You are better off reading the sources themselves. In Flow, Mihaly gives a personal account and engages the readers with his own ideas, and his passion for a lifetime of work shows.

Pink's superficial thinking becomes clear early on. He launches into a criticism of classical Economics and Management, based on Money as the only incentive, without realizing that Economists developed the concept of Utility - which can include aspects like social image, reputation and altruism. Modern economics is equipped to deal with the non-monetary issues of incentives. His Toolbox, in the final chapters, have very little practical value for Managers. At one point he discusses giving Employees a minimum "better than average" salary. You didn't have to read the book to come up with this type of idea - Pink could have spent more time thinking about this.

In summary, there is a growing list of interesting books that I recommend you to pick up instead: "Flow", "Thinking: Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman, and "Nudge" by Richard Thaler. These are books that give you much more insight, and are engagingly written by the experts themselves.
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on September 16, 2015
A decent book, but it could have been done in a large pamphlet. the author did give a few good ideas but largely he is just rehashing what others have said over the years. Still not a bad read, and its got so little substance that you can get through it in a few hours at the most.
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on August 22, 2014
It is not a bad book, but I have a background in education. There was nothing new in this book that educators do not hear new during every school year. I can see it helping to change the way things are conducted in business. Tapping internal motivation over external motivation is the name of the game in education. Remember educators are charged with gets kids through AT LEAST twelve years of school. With that time frame, reliance on external motivation is not going to get a student through twelve year of continuous schooling.
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