Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Summary Of Drive:The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us


Drive is the fourth non-fiction book by Daniel Pink. In the text, he argues that human motivation is largely intrinsic, and that the aspects of this motivation can be divided into autonomy, mastery and purpose.He argues against old models of motivation driven by rewards and fear of punishment, dominated by extrinsic factors such as money. Here is a short and long summary of the book.

  • Carrots & sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose.
  • When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 
    1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 
    2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 
    3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
--Adapted from danpink.com

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