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Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Format:  Paperback,

260 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Apr 2011

ISBN-13: 9781594484803

ISBN-10: 1594484805

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The "New York Times" bestseller that gives readers a paradigm--shattering new way to think about motivation.
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money--the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of "To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others"). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home--is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation--autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Apr 2011
ISBN-13: 9781594484803
ISBN-10: 1594484805
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 260
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.59
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Review by Library Journal (2009-11-15)

Management guru Pink, who first made a name for himself with the New York Times best seller A Whole New Mind, elaborates on some decades-old motivational studies indicating that subjects will work more persistently to master an interesting task rather than to gain a reward. On the basis of these well-known research results, he builds a theory of the ideal organization, one based on autonomy, mastery, and purpose, to which end he offers a "tool kit" of self-tests, suggestions, further readings, discussion questions, aphorisms, and various summaries of the book itself (including a Tweetable version). Readers also get accounts of businesses that are taking findings on motivation to heart.

Verdict: If you're the sort of person who's jazzed by management seminars and team-building exercises that include a lot of bullet points, you'll love this book-it's Staff Development Day in a box. There are a lot of you out there, so plan accordingly.

-Mary Ann Hughes, formerly with Neill P.L., Pullman, WA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2010-04-01)

New York Times best-selling author Pink (A Whole New Mind) here summarizes his extensive research into what motivates humans, particularly in work environments, outlining three main elements of motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. His own steady, energized narration helps maintain listener interest in this oftentimes detailed, tedious material that goes beyond the work of many classic psychologists. Recommended for those interested in the psychology of human behavior and business leaders desiring new ideas to help enhance productivity and morale within their organization.

- Dale Farris, Groves, TX

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The New York Times bestseller that gives readers a paradigm—shattering new way to think about motivation.

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

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