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More from Dan Pink on the Science of Motivation and Purpose

My long-time friend (old is such an ugly word) Vaughn Merlyn at IT Organization Circa 2017 points to the following fascinating animation to a speech by Dan Pink on his most recent book Drive, which I reviewed here earlier this year. It’s well worth 10 minutes of your time to watch.


We are in the midst of learning some immensely meaningful stuff about how our minds work in recent years. I’m willing to bet that those organizations that factor this knowledge into their designs first are going to make significant strides in the next few years.

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  1. […] Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink, Daniel H. Pink takes a look at much the same evidence base as Lawrence and Nohria do in Driven with a slightly different purpose. His take is that organizations rely too heavily on extrinsic motivators (carrots and sticks) at the expense of tapping into much more powerful intrinsic motivators. He is less interested in building a robust model of human behavior in organization than he is in trying to distill some practical short term advice. It makes for an easier read than Driven and Pink is a much better story-teller than Lawrence and Nohria. On the other hand, it sacrifices some important depth in the process. My detailed review: More from Dan Pink on the Science of Motivation and Purpose […]