There’s that category of books you read with a sense of absolute identification with the ideas being bestowed and the main reasoning of the text. To me Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by author Daniel Pink falls in that category and is one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years.
Pink explains the new paradigm of motivation (tip: most of the times it’s not “carrots”, be them money or not!) with the help of results from extensive research in this field, highlighting the implications that this new model of motivation has on business practices (this should be required reading in business schools) and education of our children (I’m definitely recommending it to friends with kids).
In 140 characters (cleverly provided by the author!) the book can be summarized as:
The book basically tells us that there’s a gap between what we do regarding motivation and what science shows us on that topic, and that the “carrot & stick” approach (especially the if-then type of rewards we use to motivate) is in most cases wrong, and even potentially harmful. Pink states that we need a new approach to motivation, one that is based on three pilars: Authonomy (“the desire to direct our own lives”), Mastery (“the urge to get better and better at something that matters”) and Purpose (“the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves”).
So enough with the spoiler post on what the book is all about. I know that Christmas has passed but be sure to find some excuse to grab your copy of the book. In case you don’t have time to read it, I recommend listening to this podcast with author Daniel Pink by the Harvard Business Review IdeaCast project (I know that there’s a TED talk and a RSA animated video but haven’t checked them out so can’t really recommend). Enjoy!