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

What People Are Saying

Doug stands out as a high performance CEO who is also a people builder. He demonstrates that one can get outstanding results while also being a good human being”
Fred Hassan
Partner, Warburg Pincus; Former Chairman & CEO, Schering Plough Corp & Pharmacia
Doug, your presentation was a big hit! You weren't just a consultant telling us what we should be doing. You had been in our chairs and saw first-hand what worked and what didn't work.”
Tony Earley
Chairman & CEO, Pacific Gas & Electric
Doug's leadership lessons around what it takes to achieve the best by building, training, and leading highly effective teams are very applicable to our work at Wells Fargo. Your keynote inspired us! ”
Avid Modjtabai
Senior Executive Vice President, Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo

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