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Drive by Daniel H. Pink
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Mar 26, 12

Read in March, 2012

For centuries, employment was about making a living. To produce better or more results, employers would offer more money or other bonuses. In recent years, that's been difficult to do - so non-monetary schemes were devised like awards, movie tickets, employee-of-the-month parking places, and other so-called incentives.

This is now outdated and irrelevant, and for the most part, doesn't work. Pink argues that in the new way of the workplace and business, people are inherently motivated to do their best work when they feel they are solving problems - and connected to things larger than themselves.

Pink also addresses the fact that traditionally there have been two kinds of companies: for-profit and non-profit. He describes a small sector of not-for-profit, in which companies do have profits to sustain their business, but are concerned with doing the most good. While these won't replace the other models, there are more alternatives - such as open-source software development or publishing - that exist because contributors want to offer their skills and talents to this public good. Pink reviews much of the literature on the workplace such as the ROWE model(Results-Only-Work-Environment) that more - or more enlightened - companies are adopting.

An inspiring and useful book regardless of what industry you work in.
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