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Drive by Daniel H. Pink
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Sep 11, 12

Read in July, 2012

Daniel Pink’s ‘Drive’ offers a compelling new exploration of modern motivation. “Carrots & sticks are so last century”, he argues. Today, autonomy, mastery and purpose form the tripod on which all good work stands.

Pink’s thesis is that business doesn’t do what science knows to be the most effective. The old models of financial rewards for increased productivity are no longer fit for purpose and often serve to encourage unethical behavior and promote short-term thinking.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s spunkily written, with humour and colour. The scientific studies are examined with an admirable lightness of touch. Pink’s lexicon of ‘FedEx days’ and ‘Goldilocks’ tasks cut through heavy jargon and make this an enjoyable and very accessible book.

‘Drive’ concludes with a fantastic toolkit to encourage readers to apply what they’ve learned, as well as a selection of great resources to continue learning.

It’s an unmissable read for employers, entrepreneurs or anyone else interested in doing more great work.

Highly recommended.
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