Drive by Daniel Pink

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My Rating: 5/10
Published or Updated On: 
November 19, 2022

Big Picture Thoughts

This would've been a good book if I was new to any of these ideas. They're sound & accessible principles for how to think about motivation in the workplace.

The Main Ideas

  1. The old workplace environment was built on extrinsic motivators, carrot-and-stick analogy. Work is changing & businesses should focus on instrinsic motivation.
  2. Creation of intrinsic motivation requires autonomy, mastery, and purpose:
  3. Autonomy over their time & how work is done, encouraged to pursue mastery over something important, connected to a purpose that's bigger than themselves.

Summary Notes

Shortcomings & unexpected side effects of extrinsic rewards

Self determination theory

Other topics covered



If/then (extrinsic) rewards require people to forfeit autonomy and therefore lower intrinsic motivation to do something

Research shows that the secret to high performance isn’t our biological drive or our reward-and-punishment drive, but our third drive—our deep-seated desire to direct our own lives, to extend and expand our abilities, and to live a life of purpose.

The new approach to motivation has three essential elements: (1) Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives; (2) Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters; and (3) Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.


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