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

80%

14 Critic Reviews

Drawing on research in psychology, economics and sociology, Pink's analysis—and new model—of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About Daniel H. Pink

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Daniel H. Pink is the author of the acclaimed national and international bestseller Free Agent Nation. A contributing editor at Wired magazine, he has written articles and essays for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Salon, Slate, Fast Company, and other publications, and has provided analysis of business and social trends on dozens of television and radio programs.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Riverhead Books. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Drive
All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 24 2010

Important reading for frustrated but open-minded business leaders struggling to connect with stressed-out workers.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by William Leith on Feb 26 2010

I found myself agreeing with Pink...His book is inspiring; if you think of your work as art, rather than drudgery, you'll do it well.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 19 2009

Drawing on research in psychology, economics and sociology, Pink's analysis—and new model—of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Philip Delves Broughton on Feb 05 2010

... these lessons are worth repeating, and if more companies feel emboldened to follow Mr. Pink's advice, then so much the better.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Cathy Puett Miller on Dec 29 2009

...a fascinating read from one of the premier lecturers and business thinkers in our time.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Stefan Stern on Aug 08 2010

Pink is no economist. But he is an engaging writer who challenges and provokes.

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Oregon Live

Above average
Reviewed by Glenn Altschuler on Jan 02 2010

...our new-age problems aren't best addressed with New Age nostrums.

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Spirituality & Practice

Good
Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat on Feb 18 2013

With stout-hearted energy, the author covers experiments by diverse companies to boost performance and to address the human propensity to do something for its inherent satisfaction.

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Small Business Trends

Excellent
Reviewed by Ivana Taylor on Jan 16 2010

If you’re looking for a creative way to drive your performance up while the rest of the economy is down, “Drive “ will deliver on both ideas, inspiration and insight.

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Jackson District Library

Above average
on Feb 18 2013

I often find nonfiction dull and dry and although Pink does have a lot of research statistic I found this book entertaining and, if not fun, at least not boring.

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Ford Literary Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Meg on Sep 24 2010

This book presents interesting ideas but the treatment is rather surface.

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Harvard Business Review

Above average
Reviewed by Andrew O’Connell on Jan 13 2010

We could all benefit from figuring out what really gets us up in the morning.

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Inc.

Above average
Reviewed by Leigh Buchanan on Dec 01 2009

The book's last third is an eclectic compendium of advice, exercises, resources, and odds and ends. Presumably, it's meant to be practical, but much of it feels like padding.

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State Journal-Register

Above average
Reviewed by Farah Tamizuddin on Aug 23 2010

The book is very readable and its message is easily understood...

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