Great Passage from Drive by Daniel Pink

May 25, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Great Passage from Drive by Daniel Pink»

On page 145 of best selling book, Drive, author Daniel Pink shares some insight that speaks directly to my heart and soul. This is fundamental evolution that this generation gets to be a part of in business and in the world.

“Bringing our businesses in sync with these truths won’t be easy. Unlearning old ideas is difficult, undoing old habits even harder. And I’d be less sanguine about the prospects of closing the motivation gap anytime soon, if it weren’t for this: The science confirms what we already know in our hearts.”

“We know that human beings are not merely smaller, slower, better-smelling horses galloping after that day’s carrot. We know- if we’ve spent time with young children or remember ourselves at our best- that we’re not destined to be passive and compliant. We’re designed to be active and engaged. And we know that the richest experiences in our lives aren’t when we’re clamoring for validation from others, but when we’re listening to our own voice- doing something that matters, doing it well, and doing it in service of a cause larger than ourselves”

“So, in the end, repairing the mismatch and bringing our understanding of motivation into the twenty-first century is more than an essential move for business. It’s an affirmation of our humanity.”

I just love this and the premise of the book. Pink draws a huge distinction between 20th century motivation characterized by compliance, and out-of-touch, if-then rewards, and motivation in the 21st century, characterized by factors such as: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Every company, manager and business owner should read this book and apply its principles.

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