Book Review: Drive


You’ve no doubt read different theories about motivation. and you’ve probably heard different methods about how to motivate others and the opposing thought that we only motivate ourselves. If you’ve ever been interested in what motivates us, or how we can effect the motivation of others, then Daniel Pink’s book Drive is for you.

Whether you are a speaker looking for ways to reach your audience or a leader trying to get stuff done, this work will provide you a new way to look at motivation, how it effects us as individuals and leaders and how to use that knowledge for real-world situations.

Based on research originally started in 1949, the author looks at old and new theories of motivation. The goal is to move beyond the older theories that we are not motivated soley by survival (internal) and punishment/incentive (external) factors.

Daniel Pink shows some thought-provoking results to experiments in human motivation. For instance, he shows how increased rewards can actually decrease productivity in problem solving roles. Some of the parallels to overpaid yet under-performing CEOs may not shock you, but these results will help you understand the “why”.

His three elements of motivation – Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose – give excellent examples of how we can tap into self-motivation and avoid incentives that hinder the desired effect on people. Understanding these elements will allow you to properly select techniques for the right circumstances, and how to avoid ones that could have the opposite effect.

This book, simply put, is awesome. I’ve already written two other posts on the subject, and expect to do a few more in the near future. This is a must read.

Rob’s Rating system (bolded, the rating is)
Buy now (today!) at full price (although you can find it at the local library)
Buy if you get a discount
Wait for the paperback
Wait for someone else to be done with the paperback
If you’ve read my review, you got the jist of it

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