Daniel Pink: Wikipedia kicked Encarta’s butt
Two book truths:
1. I don’t usually recommend books I haven’t read. (Trust no one)
2. I don’t spend a lot of time reading business books. (40++ hours is enough)
Coming clean now.
And violating both of these.
Daniel Pink, former speechwriter for Al Gore, is about to put out Drive: The Suprising Truth of What Motivates Us. Peripherally, I have heard amazing things about Pink and his desire for more right-brain thinking in business.
Here’s what did it.
Check out his speech at Ted.
In 18 minutes, he hits a complete homerun.
Okay, okay–maybe it is where I am in my own job quest.
Or that I have some missing connection with how business is designed to motivate me. But I think for those searching for or trying to create a better motivation dynamic at your job–he’ll certainly grab your attention.
Pink describes in a very light, entertaining way why corporate incentives fail to personally inspire us to do better work.
Autonomy + Mastery + Purpose is what we are searching for, not a big fat year-end bonus. In fact, he’ll argue that those big fat year end bonuses are causing a decline in performance. Intriguing.
Putting this one on the Nightstand.