Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I just finished the book "Drive" by Daniel Pink. I must say that this is one of the most interesting books I have read in quite awhile. Pink explores counterintuitive scientific research that reveals a disconnect between the motivational technique we use most often and those that are actually most effective. We are all familiar with "carrot and stick" strategies for motivation. As children we were often told, "If you don't do your chores, you won't be getting allowance." Businesses use the same motivational strategies. These strategies assume that most employees will avoid work and shirk responsibility when given the opportunity. However, scientific research shows that this type of motivation proves to be demotivating in the long run. Furthermore, these strategies often impede and deteriorate performance.

Pink argues, with scientific research at the foundation of his argument, that we all possess an internal drive that is often untapped. This drive blossoms when we are given autonomy in our work, an opportunity to pursue mastery in our tasks, and a connection to a greater purpose. This book will radically transform your perspective on how to bring out the best in yourself and others. I found it fascinating.

- Joel

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