Summary of Drive

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Drive summary
Surprisingly, money is not the great motivator. Daniel Pink describes powerful alternatives.

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In this educational video, motivational expert Daniel Pink explores what inspires people to perform well at work. Surprisingly, throwing cash at employees often inhibits performance rather than enhancing it. People do their best work when they are mastering their own time, utilizing and improving their skills, or contributing to a greater ideal. The presentation does have illustrative examples, but how you implement those useful bits of knowledge in your company remains up to you. getAbstract recommends this compulsively watchable video to anyone who needs to motivate others in the workplace.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why large rewards do not result in peak performance
  • What three things truly motivate people to do their best
  • Why it’s essential for people to feel they are contributing to a higher purpose
 

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Rewarding good behavior should enhance performance. When behavioral scientists ran a study at MIT to confirm this belief, they met with surprising results. They asked students to complete a variety of tasks, some mental, such as puzzles...
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Daniel Pink is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind.


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