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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Daniel Pink

At a glance:

Do you ever struggle with unmotivated employees? Micromanaging is not the solution. Daniel Pink provides insightful research on how to tap into the intrinsic motivations of others as opposed to the traditional carrot-and-stick approach to motivating people. He challenges the traditional view that rewards and punishments are the most effective ways to motivate people. Instead, the three factors of intrinsic motivations are:

1. Purpose - Getting to the "WHY" of doing anything
2. Mastery - The desire of mastering the "HOW" of doing anything
3. Autonomy - The feeling of agency when executing the WHY and HOW

By understanding these intrinsic motivators, managers and leaders can create an organizational culture that fosters engagement, creativity, and innovation, rather than relying on external rewards and penalties.

Key takeaways:

"The secret to high performance and satisfaction- at work, at school, and at home- is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world."

"Autonomy is the seed from which all other forms of motivation grow."

"Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but rather a reward that comes to those who live a certain kind of life."

"The purpose of work is not just to make a living but to make a life."

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life."

"The most important thing we can do for people is to give them the autonomy to direct their own lives, the mastery to make the most of their talents, and a purpose that gives them the reason to wake up in the morning."



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