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The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

By Daniel H. Pink

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages, Main Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2011
A BOOK THAT WILL CHANGE HOW YOU THINK AND TRANSFORM HOW YOU LIVEForget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink 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.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.'PINK IS RAPIDLY ACQUIRING INTERNATIONAL GURU STATUS . . . HE IS AN ENGAGING WRITER, WHO CHALLENGES AND PROVOKES'FINANCIAL TIMES'DANIEL PINK HAS ISSUED A BOLD AND PERSUASIVE CALL TO BRING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN MOTIVATION OUT OF THE REALM OF FOLKLORE AND INTO THE REALM OF SCIENCE. WHETHER YOU'RE RUNNING A COMPANY OR MANAGING A HOUSEHOLD, DRIVE WIlL MAKE YOU RETHINK EVERYTHING YOU DO TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU'RICHARD WISEMAN, AUTHOR OF 59 SECONDS

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An important new ideas book about motivation from an influential and bestselling author


About the Author

Daniel H. Pink is the author of the long-running New York Times and Business Week bestseller A Whole New Mind. He has written for the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He has provided analysis for CNN, CNBC,ABC, NPR and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. Pink lectures on economic transformation and the new workplace at corporations, associations and universities around the world, and was a keynote speaker at TED's 2009 Global Conference in Oxford. He lives in Washington DC, with his family.


* Daniel Pink has issued a bold and persuasive call to bring our understanding of human motivation out of the realm of folklore and into the realm of science ... Drive will make you rethink everything you do to motivate yourself and those around you. Richard Wiseman, author of 59 Seconds and Quirkology * What really drives high performance? In this eye-opening book, Daniel Pink draws on 40 years of science to offer some surprising answers. He shows the limits of carrots and sticks and explores the hard-headed power of autonomy, mastery, and purpose to help us work smarter and live better. Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Free * Pink is rapidly acquiring international guru status ... He is an engaging writer, who challenges and provokes. Financial Times * As Dan Pink's new book Drive argues, financial incentives are no longer enough to give a business an edge: in an economy driven by ideas and creativity, it's more effective to give workers a sense of purpose, of mastery, of autonomy over their time and their tasks. Because the only certainty in the decade to come is that disruptive change is going to continue to catch out businesses that are unprepared. -- David Rowan Daily Telegraph * Drive drives a stake through the bedrock of classic "if-then" motivational theory. It demonstrates in an entertaining way how self-motivated rewards provide their own behavioural alchemy, exposing the mismatch between what science knows and business does. James Borg, author of PERSUASION: THE ART OF INFLUENCING PEOPLE * 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 OWNER'S MANUAL * 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. Forbes * Fascinating ... If Pink's proselytizing helps persuade employers to make work more fulfilling, Drive will be a powerhouse. USA Today * Pink's analysis-and new model-of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature. Publishers Weekly * Pink makes a convincing case that organizations ignore intrinsic motivation at their peril. Scentific American * Persuasive ...Harnessing the power of intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic remuneration can be thoroughly satisfying and infinitely more rewarding. Miami Herald * These lessons are worth repeating, and if more companies feel emboldened to follow Mr. Pink's advice, then so much the better. Wall Street Journal * Important integral addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a radical shift in how businesses operate. Kirkus * Pink's a gifted writer who turns even the heaviest scientific study into something digestible - and often amusing - without losing his intellectual punch. New York Post * Enchanting ... an important book offering a whole new way to think about motivation. Globe and Mail * Punchy and energetic. Financial Times * Inspiring. Guardian * An excellent read. HR

EAN: 9781847677693
ISBN: 184767769X
Publisher: Canongate Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.6 centimetres (0.13 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Anonymous on
Awesome!! Loved it
Robert scott on
An easy to read, which will change your perspective on what makes a constructive life easier and satisfying. My best read in this category for a while.
Rahul Sood on
Daniel Pink's new book follows well in the tradition of "A Whole New Mind," as he picks up on a new trend and explains it well. This time it's the apparent paradox of motivation - why do some people like Google pay their staff to regularly work on projects of their own choosing when they could be working hard on what they were hired to do?

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