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By Daniel Pink

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2011) explores the topic of human motivation. Daniel argues that most people are driven by extrinsic motivation—decisions based on external rewards and punishments. The author proposes that people should replace extrinsic motivation with intrinsic motivation. Daniel shows that intrinsic motivation has to do with the innate pleasure humans derive from completing or mastering an activity. People and organizations should adopt intrinsic motivation as a challenge to improve their abilities and not simply for material reward. Daniel proposes that restructuring work and aligning jobs with intrinsic motivation, organizations will be more successful and employees will lead happier, more rewarding, and fulfilling lives.

About the Author

Daniel H. Pink is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. He has also authored six books about human behavior and business. Dan worked for Vice President Al Gore from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter. He served as host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. Daniel was named the 6th most influential management thinker in the world in 2019 by London-based Thinkers 50. He graduated with a BA from Northwestern University and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities such as Georgetown University and Westfield State University. Pink lives with his family in Washington, DC.
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