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Drive : the surprising truth about what motivates us
Pink, Daniel H.
Adult Nonfiction BF503 .P475 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

According to Pink (A Whole New Mind), everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. He pits the latest scientific discoveries about the mind against the outmoded wisdom that claims people can only be motivated by the hope of gain and the fear of loss. Pink cites a dizzying number of studies revealing that "carrot and stick" can actually significantly reduce the ability of workers to produce creative solutions to problems. What motivates us once our basic survival needs are met is the ability to grow and develop, to realize our fullest potential. Case studies of Google's "20 percent time" (in which employees work on projects of their choosing one full day each week) and Best Buy's "Results Only Work Environment" (in which employees can work whenever and however they choose-as long as they meet specific goals) demonstrate growing endorsement for this approach. A series of appendixes include further reading and tips on applying this method to businesses, fitness and child-rearing. Drawing on research in psychology, economics and sociology, Pink's analysis-and new model-of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Management guru Pink, who first made a name for himself with the New York Times best seller A Whole New Mind, elaborates on some decades-old motivational studies indicating that subjects will work more persistently to master an interesting task rather than to gain a reward. On the basis of these well-known research results, he builds a theory of the ideal organization, one based on autonomy, mastery, and purpose, to which end he offers a "tool kit" of self-tests, suggestions, further readings, discussion questions, aphorisms, and various summaries of the book itself (including a Tweetable version). Readers also get accounts of businesses that are taking findings on motivation to heart. Verdict If you're the sort of person who's jazzed by management seminars and team-building exercises that include a lot of bullet points, you'll love this book-it's Staff Development Day in a box. There are a lot of you out there, so plan accordingly.-Mary Ann Hughes, formerly with Neill P.L., Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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