Drive

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
By Daniel H. Pink
256 Pages

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Daniel Pink is a fellow Northwestern graduate and when his book was published in 2009, I invited him to present his thinking to our global leadership team in 2010. He was magnificent. His subtitle, “The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”, sets the table for a fresh contemplation of motivation in the workplace in the 21st century. In a simple, clear and convincing fashion, he challenges every leader to reexamine their assumptions on motivation as it relates to the leadership of their organization. In particular, he helped me see more clearly beyond “the carrot and the stick” with a deeper examination of what he calls the three elements of true motivation — autonomy, mastery and purpose. I also enjoyed some of his practical tips for advancing this work.

– D. R. Conant

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It’s not just what Doug does; it’s how he gets it done, and there is much to be learned by observing him and from his work on the subject of leadership. As leaders go, Doug is truly 'one of a kind.'”
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Douglas Conant's keynote presentation and insights were of enormous value in preparing our members to assume the CEO role in their companies. He practices what he preaches.”
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President, G100 Next Generation Leadership
Doug Conant is truly one of the great leaders in American business. He understands the requirements of business as well as the motivations of people.”
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CEO, CECP; Former Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

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