November Book Pick: Drive by Daniel Pink

Great news! The verdict is in… I’m starting a book club. Most people who know me know how much I love to read.  Now, I finally get a chance to spread my love of reading by sharing a favourite book every month.

For November, I chose a non-fiction book, as it’s too early into winter for a brain vacation (we’ll try that next month). My November pick is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. Drive, in a nutshell, is about human motivation and why we do what we do in the workplace and home. Daniel Pink explores the history of extrinsic motivation (rewards and punishment), why it became the defacto mode of operation in the modern workplace, and why that approach is flawed in the 21st century.

Now I don’t want to ruin any big surprises for anyone, but basically, using extrinsic motivation (rewards and punishment) in a situation where someone is intrinsically (internally) motivated, will kill off that person’s motivation. So tread with caution and make sure to use the right type of motivation in the right situation…and read Drive to learn when and how.

Whether you manage people or just yourself, Drive is well worth reading to understand why we humans do what we do.

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