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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

DRiVE: A must read for parents/teachers/supervisors

Excellent research backs up a great premise, that the work we do should be valuable to us on a level other than the dollar we earn. The internal values which feed our enjoyment and dedication to work are explored. In addition to showing methods for making the way we de...
Excellent research backs up a great premise, that the work we do should be valuable to us on a level other than the dollar we earn. The internal values which feed our enjoyment and dedication to work are explored. In addition to showing methods for making the way we design and develop the workplace or classroom, Mr. Pink gives people at the start or ready to change their worklife the tools to evaluate where they want to go, what they personally value and how to seek more than a paycheck.

I've recommended this book to several managers and execs I work for, and to friends who teach and coach young people.

I appreciate the Add-Ins at the end of the book, and the bibliography which allows for further reading.

posted by Strong_Right_Hand on January 5, 2010

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12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Enter "Drive." This could have been so much better.

As a consultant, I am particularly sensitive to unhelpful jargon and the creation of distinctions without a difference. Enter "Drive." This could have been so much better. As Pink presents correctly, much of the research re human motivation IS counter-intuitive to what ...
As a consultant, I am particularly sensitive to unhelpful jargon and the creation of distinctions without a difference. Enter "Drive." This could have been so much better. As Pink presents correctly, much of the research re human motivation IS counter-intuitive to what most of us tend to think is the best way to reward, incentivize or bribe people to act in beneficial ways. Unfortunately, Pink insists on creating such a tower of babble -- "motivation 3.0," "type-I," "ROE," "if/then contingent rewards," vs. "now/that rewards" -- that we see the cracks and not the solid surface.

Further, why do consultants need to frame everything as either/or (implicit / explicit) when it is in acknowledging the shadings and spectrum that broader engagement comes? This is a book for the choir and not the congregation. So far this year, I've reviewed two other books which have done a much more effective job of covering very similar terrain: Seth Godin's "Lynchpin" and Jeff Jarvis' "What would Google do?"

posted by jcrubicon on May 15, 2010

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Herzberg Redux

    The book covers a very interesting topic and one highly relevant for practicing managers.


    That said however, it is really simply a restatement of what Herzberg and Kohn have been saying for years. You can't buy performance. Pay enough, but then to really motivate employees, you need to tap into higher order needs (see Maslow).

    I think it's a good discussion to have, but there is a role for all types of rewards and recommendations.

    I am afraid that practicing managers will get it in their head that money and rewards aren't important to employees, when they really are. It's just that there are other important things as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    Good Enough to Read

    I think this book is definitely good enough to read. People are a corporation's most valuable asset and this book does a better-than-good job teaching on the subject. Another book that I read recently: Generational Wealth: Business & Investing Guide to Building an Empire also does a good job of explaining the factors that motivate people and how to respond to the needs of employees. The book also covers every other important business subject that you can think of. In my opinion, "Drive" is good enough to read, while Generational Wealth is so good that you must read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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