Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us, by Daniel H. Pink

This is a great and inspiring book about the shift in the workplace from profit motives to doing something greater for society. The three things studies show that employees want are autonomy, control over their time and control over their team (who they work on projects with). I loved reading about innovative ways companies like Google are using these principles to make very creative and productive work places.

After a number of years as a manager and company owner in the past, I can see where many of the strategies of companies I worked for were counterproductive. This information on motivation is also useful to parents and teachers.

Here are a couple good quotes:

“The value of a life can be measured by one’s ability to affect the destiny of one less advantaged. Since death is an absolute certainty for everyone, the important variable is the quality of life one leads between the times of birth and death.” — Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and MacArthur “genius award” winner.

“One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“We know — if we’ve spent time with young children or remember ourselves at our best — that we’re not destined to be passive and compliant. We’re designed to be active and engaged. And we know that the richest experiences in our lives aren’t when we are clamoring for validation from others, but when we’re listening to our own voice — doing something that matters, doing it well, and doing it in the service of a cause larger than ourselves.” — Daniel Pink, Drive, pages 145-146.

The book offers excellent resources at the end: recaps, questions to think about and discuss, and other inspirational authors to read. Anyone wants to start an on-line Book Club to discuss this book?

ISBN 978-1-59448-884-9, 242 pages.


About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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