Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daniel Pink just nailed it. Now he too comes in my favourite authors' list. It has been more than a year since I've been seeing and hearing about his book Drive. And, finally, I got a chance to read and review for you...!

As the title Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us suggests, it's something about a hidden force among us which makes us do whatever we're doing. Basically, he has classified & discussed Motivation in 3 categories, along with their history & relevance.

What I liked most is the elaborated examples of some fabulous companies with their innovative work methodologies ie Zappos, Meddius, Google and others.

The key message in this book is:

Rewards and sanctions are effective on a short-term basis as performance incentives. In the long run, however, they lead to harmful behaviour and destroy the inner impetus. Passion and dedication on the part of workers are better achieved through self-determination, possibilities for perfection and meaningful goals.

The following questions are answered in the book:

What types of motivation are there, and how do they work?

Motivation 1.0 and Motivation 2.0: basic needs and the stick and the carrot.
There is another way: Motivation 3.0 – intrinsic motivation in place of exterior incentives.
Missing the target: the stick and the carrot can have harmful consequences.
How does intrinsic motivation work, and what influences it?

Extrinsic promises destroy intrinsic motivation.
Get into the flow: the inner drive for perfection leads to passion and dedication.
The pursuit of meaningfulness: a fundamental inner impetus.
How can intrinsic motivation be increased in everyday work?

My task, my time, my team! Self-determination promotes intrinsic motivation.
The effective company: upgrading to 3.0.

Verdict - Don't waste your time any further, buy this book http://amzn.to/2nG1gvQ and start reading! Here's the link for the best price available.

Suggested further reading: A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

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