Drive by Daniel H. Pink

Drive

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...


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TitleDrive
ISBN9781594488849
Author
Release DateDec 29th, 2009
PublisherRiverhead Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Business, Psychology, Leadership, Self Help, Personal Development
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  • Ken
    2011-02-03
    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 comments and zero "likes"). So why, then?DRIVE has the answer. I do it for me. I do it for intrinsic reasons and thumb my nose at the world of extrinsic one...
  • Paul Eckert
    2010-07-11
    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 Balanced Guide to Selling Your Point By Avoiding Contradictory Evidence”I jest, yet I do think the main topic of this book is important an...
  • Ian
    2013-10-12
    From the Fictive Desk of D.J. Ian:The End is Much More Exciting than It Was Once Upon a TimeThe story of GoodBetterBestReads has really only just begun, but we have already become the world’s largest community of potential readers, book buyers and Kindle users who have star-rated a book at least once in the last 12 months. The problem is you can’t buy a condo or a beer off the back of potential alone. We need people to buy books, and to do th...
  • Trevor
    2010-08-04
    This book comes with its own summary – a very handy thing:“COCKTAIL PARTY SUMMARYWhen 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 does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: (1) Autonomy—the desire to dir...
  • Laura
    2010-08-30
    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 shift. First our motivation was our biological drives. Then came a period of motivation from structure and oversight. And now we want autonomy to determin...
  • Jeanette
    2011-02-07
    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
    2010-01-04
    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-designed systems, destined to kill people's intrinsic motivation. I recently read "Unconditional Parenting" by Alfie Kohn. Kohn's premise is basically that r...
  • Doug
    2009-12-30
    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 20% flex time for their own projects means a corresponding 20% increase in the 2 hour wait time, I'm not on board with it. I don't know why, but it bugs m...
  • Donalyn
    2010-05-23
    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 work and the people we try to motivate.
  • Jay Connor
    2010-05-15
    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 the best way to reward, incentivize or bribe people to act in beneficial ways. Unfortunately, Pink insists on creating such a tower of babble -- "motiva...
  • Laura Noggle
    2017-12-12
    2.5 ⭐'s rounded up to 3 — Interesting approach for a hard to nail down answer. Most relevant for employers trying to extract optimum performance from employees, parents raising children, or those with general curiosity. We're born to be players, not pawns. We're meant to be autonomous individuals, not individual automatons.Best predictor of success: Grit. (I actually liked Angela Duckworth's book, "Grit," a little more than this one.) Second ...
  • Ryan
    2012-02-25
    In Drive, Daniel H. Pink suggests that there is a gap between what "science knows and what business does." I was not shocked to learn that this gap exists, and I attributed Pink's decision to emphasize the existence of this gap to what I believe is the author's drive to attract corporate speaking engagements, consultancies, and Op/Ed articles in national newspapers. If he's lucky, he could maybe land a job as a pundit. Ostensibly, Pink's purpose ...
  • Carrie Kellenberger
    2010-01-12
    Are you the type of person that is motivated by money and fame, or are you someone that is motivated by having a larger purpose in life? Or are you a combination of both? Financial gain has always been a motivator for me, but I'm also the type of person that will take on extra work, new projects or volunteer my time simply because I like the work and it makes me feel good. It might sound crazy, but I'm not the only one. The volunteer industry is ...
  • Tomio
    2010-05-02
    I picked this up on a tangential reference from Leah and blitzed through it one gorgeous afternoon. It's a pretty concise roadmap (pardon the pun) of a "new" form of motivation theory, one that is centered less on external rewards and more on internal forces. Pulling from and conglomerating a number of other recently-popular texts and concepts, it combines the concepts of flow (from the book of the same name by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi), 20% time...
  • Michael Halligan
    2011-01-19
    I imagine this is a great book to confuse those with a lot of management theory behind them. Luckily I'm not one of those, and this book has really struck home. Pink focuses begins by focusing on describing existing management processes as a carrot and stick reward system having evolved workplace of monotonous, undesirable tasks. He introduces the work of a number of social scientists and management theorists, as well as the results of their expe...
  • Ken
    2011-05-23
    This book has been on my "to read" shelf for some time, and while I had read some excerpts, understood the general ideas and seen the excellent RSA Animate excerpt (http://goo.gl/zH1QH), there is far more here than is generally summed up.This book became extremely interesting because it was juxtaposed with a discussion of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs published shortly after his death. A coworker not known for his managerial skills bu...
  • Lars Guthrie
    2011-02-18
    In his essay about the spate of new books dealing with the effects of the internet on culture in a recent New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics...), Adam Gopnik separates observers into three camps: the Never-Betters, the Better-Nevers, and the Ever-Wasers. Daniel Pink, as readers of his previous ‘A Whole New Mind,’ will guess, is a Never-Better type, seriously optimistic about our potential and the odds of achieving it. While ‘...
  • Cath Duncan
    2009-12-01
    I got an early copy for the Bottom-line Bookclub. Look out for Drive on the shelves from 29 Dec.I'm LOVING this latest book by Dan Pink. A Whole New Mind is a stroke of genius in understanding the way that the world of work has changed, and DRIVE is a powerful extension to A Whole New Mind that argues that, because of the ways that the world of work has changed, carrot-and-stick motivation is no longer effective or desirable. Instead, he explains...
  • David
    2010-09-18
    This is another great book by Daniel Pink. It may be a coincidence, but just a few weeks ago I read another book on the same theme: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A'S, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn. The book by Kohn was published about 20 years earlier, and tells much the same story, in a much more scholarly, and perhaps drier style.Daniel Pink's book, though, is much more readable, much shorter, and h...
  • Aljazi Al-Maghlouth
    2016-11-12
    الهدف من الكتاب هو توضيح عدم التوافق الكبير مابين ما يطرحه العلم، وخاصة علم النفس، وبين ما يقوم به الناس في قطاع الأعمال. عدم التوافق هذا في مجال عوامل التحفيز والإثارة يشكل حفرة كبير مفزعة، الجميع يكره أعمالهم ولا يرون أنها تحفيزية. المال لم يعد ح...
  • Fiona Leonard
    2013-04-05
    As a homeschooling, self employed person, this book didn't come as a huge surprise, but it is one that I really enjoyed. I suspect it is because this is a book that sets down on paper what your gut has been telling you for years.Drawing on decades of research and numerous commercial case studies, Daniel Pink unpacks and refutes the notion that the carrot and stick approach is an optimal approach to management. Pink asserts that while financial in...
  • Amanda
    2013-07-11
    Amanda's Informal Notes:Surprisingly, pretty darn fascinating. I don't usually read a lot of non-fiction, so it took me a bit to get used to the author's style, but I'm glad I pushed through because Drive gave me some great food for thought:-So for hundreds of years, businesses have been modeled around the idea that people don't have any inherent motivation to work. To keep your workforce productive, you have to reward employees for good behavior...
  • Nguyên ngộ ngộ
    2013-12-06
    Cuốn sách này viết về gì?Một cuộc cách mạng về cách cổ vũ động viên người khác trải qua 3 giai đoạn - Hệ 1.0 - động lực sinh học: thỏa mãn được mấy nhu cầu cơ bản nhất của con người: ăn, uống, ngủ nghỉ, tình dục, lương thưởng...- Hệ 2.0 - động lực ngoại vi: động lực kiểu "cây gậy và củ cà rốt", tốt thì thưởng, sai thì phạt- Hệ 3.0 -...
  • Klinta
    2015-03-23
    This book was a really exciting read, it covered research into motivational field and opinions and theories of experts in psychology and business. It is rare that a textbook type of book captions my attention so much that I don't really want to read anything else, but this one did so. In many of the situations and models described I saw myself, my flaws and actually got motivated to change something in my life. I don't really know, how long the m...
  • Irene McHugh
    2018-06-02
    After watching Pink’s TED Talk years ago, I enthusiastically added Drive to my list of books to read. This book was such a disappointment. Watch the talk and read the first chapter. Then bail before his incessant jargon rehashing studies other researchers have conducted numbs your mind.
  • Chad Warner
    2011-05-14
    An intriguing investigation of the factors that motivate people. Pink shows that science has learned much about motivation, but business and education still follow outdated models. The old systems of rewards and punishments are no longer effective for today’s non-routine, creative, conceptual work. People need a sense of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.Pink divides human history into three “operating systems” of motivation:Motivation 1.0: Pe...
  • Rohan
    2012-06-26
    I think the whole book could've been wrapped up in one or two chapters. I really get what Author is trying to say and it is important that Governments, Corporations understand that not everything that their employee (or a person) does for them is because they get paid for it. In fact, I personally believe that most of us deep down do realize that point because otherwise Human Civilization would not have come as far as it has come today. (Look at ...
  • Vince
    2012-03-08
    I have to confess I didn't really enjoy this book. I wanted to. I certainly enjoy the autonomy my job currently provides and am sympathetic to a book whose agenda is to propagate such.Keyword is propagate, as this book quickly became an annoying parade of unoriginal ideas wrapped in an idealism that didn't honestly deal with the challenges of "setting your workforce free." There's been a lot of intelligent thought on human organization and motiva...
  • Ethan
    2012-12-10
    Mediocre at best. Like many pop science writers, Pink regurgitates a bunch of other people's work and tries to put his own spin on it. Unfortunately, nothing in this book is new or even surprising, despite Pink's assertion to the contrary. Pink alternately sneers at the idea of "empowerment" then goes on to basically advocate the exact same thing.The worst part is that the book is written in a salesman's voice. Unsurprisingly, Pink has a whole 'k...
  • Clif Hostetler
    2010-11-22
    I recommend THIS REVIEW for a description of this book that's better than any review that I might write.This book describes how the usual measures taken to promote motivation in people can have results opposite of what was intended. These unintended consequences have long been demonstrated by psychologists, but businesses and schools have been slow to make use of this information. All the time I was listening to this book I was thinking about how...