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Drive by Daniel H. Pink
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Jul 04, 12


If you keep up with the sort of periodical literature on this stuff that tends to show up on newsfeeds like Hacker News, then you will find little that is surprising in this text. If you don't, then the long and short of this book is that incentives don't always do what you think they will do. Internal motivation will drive people to do things that would be impossible otherwise, and you can't get it with financial incentives.

While I didn't find this book full of original insight, it has its merits. It's succinct and short (like everything in the management text genre), so you can read it pretty quickly. It has an excellent bibliography, and does a great job of compressing all the latest research on this topic into an easily digestible text.

If you're not familiar with these ideas and you care about why people are driven to do one thing or another, then this book is essential reading. If you already are, then it might be worth reading anyway just to drive home those ideas a little more.
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