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Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Usby Daniel H. Pink
Without being preachy or didactic, Daniel H. Pink shows readers how to direct their own lives, improve their work, and do something that really matters — and he provides all the motivation they'll need to get up and do it. Better than a how-to, this book is a how-to-do-more!
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Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people — at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world 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 our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:
*Autonomy — the desire to direct our own lives
*Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters
*Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves
Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.
Drive is bursting with big ideas — the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.
"According to Pink (A Whole New Mind), everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. He pits the latest scientific discoveries about the mind against the outmoded wisdom that claims people can only be motivated by the hope of gain and the fear of loss. Pink cites a dizzying number of studies revealing that 'carrot and stick' can actually significantly reduce the ability of workers to produce creative solutions to problems. What motivates us once our basic survival needs are met is the ability to grow and develop, to realize our fullest potential. Case studies of Google's '20 percent time' (in which employees work on projects of their choosing one full day each week) and Best Buy's 'Results Only Work Environment' (in which employees can work whenever and however they choose — as long as they meet specific goals) demonstrate growing endorsement for this approach. A series of appendixes include further reading and tips on applying this method to businesses, fitness and child-rearing. Drawing on research in psychology, economics and sociology, Pink's analysis — and new model — of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The author...argues for a radical shift in how businesses operate in a world dominated by technology, and soon to be led by a generation that doesn't necessarily equate money with happiness."
"Pink makes a strong, science-based case for rethinking motivation — and then provides the tools you need to transform your life." Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of YOU: The Owners Manual
The author of the groundbreaking bestseller A Whole New Mind is back with a paradigm-changing examination of how to harness motivation to find greater satisfaction in life. This book of big ideas discusses the surest pathway to high performance, creativity, and well-being.
New York Times bestselling author Jonah Lehrer introduces us to musicians, graphic artists, poets, and bartenders to show us how we can use science to be more imaginative and make our cities, our companies, and our culture more creative.
From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking bestseller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.
We've been conditioned to think that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is through external rewards like money — the carrot-and-the-stick approach. That's a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in his transformative new book. The key to high performance and satisfaction is intrinsic, internal motivation: the desire to follow your own interests and understand the benefits in them for you. And Pink has discovered thirty years of scientific data that confirm these ideas and show an exciting way forward.
As he did in his groundbreaking bestseller A Whole New Mind, Pink lays out the hard science for these surprising insights, describes how people and corporations can embrace such ideas (some of them are already doing it), offers details about how we can master them, and provides concrete examples on how intrinsic motivation works on the job, at home, and in ourselves.
This is a book of big ideas that explains how each of us can find the surest pathway to high performance, creativity, and even health and well-being.
Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?
From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative and#8220;types,and#8221; Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. Itand#8217;s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsiderand#8217;s perspective (travel helps). He unveils the optimal mix of old and new partners in any creative collaboration, and explains why criticism is essential to the process. Then he zooms out to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective.
Youand#8217;ll learn about Bob Dylanand#8217;s writing habits and the drug addictions of poets. Youand#8217;ll meet a Manhattan bartender who thinks like a chemist, and an autistic surfer who invented an entirely new surfing move. Youand#8217;ll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixarand#8217;s office space is designed to spark the next big leap in animation.
Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind, and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.
About the Author
Daniel H. Pink is a former White House speechwriter and the author of the bestseller Free Agent Nation. A contributing editor at Wired magazine, he has written on work, business, and politics for the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Slate, Salon, Fast Company, and other publications.
Table of Contents
1. and#160;BOB DYLANand#8217;S BRAIN and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;3
2. and#160;ALPHA WAVES (CONDITION BLUE) and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 25
3. and#160;THE UNCONCEALING and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 53
4. and#160;THE LETTING GO and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 84
5. and#160;THE OUTSIDER and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 112
6. and#160;THE POWER OF Q and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 139
7. and#160;URBAN FRICTION and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 175
8. and#160;THE SHAKESPEARE PARADOX and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 213
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