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Drive Audiobook

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

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Publisher's Summary

A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world. Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation, and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

©2011 Daniel H Pink (P)2011 Canongate

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    Richard 27/11/2016
    Richard 27/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing and a must read!"

    This book is just incredible! It really is a must read for parents, teachers and anyone in the rat race, especially managers who actually care about their people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenton 15/11/2016
    Brenton 15/11/2016
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    "Convincing"

    Initially bought thinking it may be about personal motivation. Summing up the desire to begin a task for example. But the book mainly focuses on motivation in the business and working world.
    The topics raised are fascinating and worth trying to put into practice. Recommended for progressive thinking managers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Napier 30/10/2016
    Dan Napier 30/10/2016 Member Since 2015

    A film maker and business owner, in Hawke's Bay New Zealand. On a constant search for knowledge.

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    "Great for businesses large and small"

    Really enjoyed this one and I'll be making some changes in the way I lead in my company because of it. I've thought for a while that motivation 2.0 was old hat but never had anything to back that feeling up or anything to replace it with. Now I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bourke 23/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Rethinking our office!"

    I'm definitely a type Y person. I'd love to intro these techniques to our team. Seriously considering a ten percent time trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 21/03/2016
    Philip 21/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Educational"

    excellent narator
    I really appreciated the summary at the end to recap the whole book. That brought it all together for me.

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    Brendan 13/03/2016
    Brendan 13/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Landmark piece of work"

    These ideas will transform my teaching coaching and consulting with the people businesses and sporting teams that I love to work with.
    Great work Dan and Thankyou :)
    Kind Regards
    Brendan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Randall W.
    Carol Stream, IL
    3/03/12
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    "This should become required reading"

    I have been in management and leadership for many years and struggled with it. This book explained why. This book is a summary of many years of research about what truly motivates humans -- hint: it isn't more money!! The book also teaches how to apply the results of these findings. This book is a must read for anyone who wants truly motivate a team and create exponential productivity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strickland
    Boulder Creek, CA, United States
    10/09/11
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    "Good content, narrator not so great"

    I like this book but the way the narrator talks sucks the life out of it. For a book called Drive you'd think he'd have more emotion in talking. It makes it a bit hard to stay engaged and want to listen to it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nate
    Jackson, MS, United States
    19/07/12
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    "Nice Twist."

    A lot of regurgitated info, but gives plenty of credit to the sources - all while providing good insight into the shortsightedness of money-driven motivation. Dollars aren't the best long-term motivator, and intrinsic motivation trumps extrinsic in many cases. There are also some fantastic business stories about how companies took different approaches to motivate workers. Good stuff and a quick read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    27/07/16
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    "I will be listening to this again"

    I have enjoyed this for the second time. this time on double speed and still comes across as personable. I would strongly recommend the for folks who just have a genera LM interest in motivation as a spring board into the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amitabh hajela
    26/04/16
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    "very good read especially last few chapters "

    I loved the baby boomers quest for autonomy and the fact lure of Maserty is both painful and pleasurable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Regan Forde
    NEWPORT, VIC Australia
    18/04/15
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    "Fantastic insight into what makes us tick"

    Loved this audiobook and the connection with many other great authors. Dan pinks reading was exceptional and the concepts presented well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    6/04/15
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    "Not quite as straight forward"
    Where does Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle for information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    no characters


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    narration was good


    What did you learn from Drive that you would use in your daily life?

    sadly the book repeated itself a lot, and the main facts don't weigh up in light of better understanding of simple behavioural psychology


    Any additional comments?

    Internal and external motivation sound great but at the heart they are simple conditioned behaviours - not the conclusion the book came to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steph Seeker
    Australia
    3/12/14
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    "Great for Employee Retention"
    If you could sum up Drive in three words, what would they be?

    Motivation Isnt Money


    What did you like best about this story?

    My understanding of what our true Drivers of Excellence is.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    PURPOSE IS KEY.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book would teach me how to find my Drive. This book is more about the study of Drive. Not necessarily how to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Canberra, Australia
    20/12/12
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    "Exciting thinking well presented"
    Would you listen to Drive again? Why?

    There's a lot to learn from this book. The thinking is transformative, and the evidence base is strong and interesting. This was entertaining, and also strategically insightful.


    What other book might you compare Drive to and why?

    Drive reminded me a bit of the Jobs biography mashed in with Gladwell's Blink, in a neat, concise and consumable package. If you enjoyed those, you'll enjoy this.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone who has the ability to radically shift their organisation should listed to this for inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rodrigo
    DORAL, FL, United States
    11/12/12
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    "Great book"

    It's a really good explanation of the behavior of the people around me, why they do or don't do things.
    I can use the information provided to make changes in the company I work for, in my family, in my own behavior... I definitely will try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • PER
    Skudeneshavn, Norway
    13/04/13
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    "Facinating and mind bending in a good way"

    I have almost finished this book. It keeps pushing idea's and probable thruths into my mind and in a very easy and likeable way. My perspective was to find some better motivation for my work. It certainly fulfilled my needs.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    tauntonUnited Kingdom
    17/04/11
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    "Essential motivational theory reading"

    Absolutely brilliant! A must for anyone interested in motivational theory. Pink et al review the previous research behind motivational theory ('sticks and carrots') and demonstrate why this is no longer appropriate for changes in the type of work that our society and business now needs and can, in many circumstances, result in poorer performance. The authors then review the research base over the last ten years, pointing to three main factors (autonomy, mastery and purpose) that research has demonstrated effect type I (intrinsic) motivation, with examples from business. The authors helpfully suggest some techniques you might employ in yuour own organisation to tap into type I motivation.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Camberwell, Australia
    6/07/15
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    "Good insight, makes you think"

    Delivered by the author with a strident style, this book made me think about motivation and how I might apply some ideas in the workplace. There are some sweeping assertions in the book, and a few logical leaps, but the main points are well argued and compelling. Well worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom
    8/07/13
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    "Shows how to make work and life engaging"
    What did you like most about Drive?

    It had a clear framework to understand the author's point - that current motivation methods are broken and how to motivate myself and others without the Carrot and the Stick.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A - nofiction


    Which character – as performed by Daniel H. Pink – was your favourite?

    N/A - nofiction


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I listened to it while driving - the Rolling University, as Zig Zigglar puts it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London
    4/05/16
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    "Why do I do what I do?"

    A short book on how motivation for work has changed over time and what you can do to leverage that drive in your favour. Daniel Pink is a competent narrator and knows his subject matter, delivered in an easy going style. The book is structured so that the ideas that are introduced can be acted upon. There are some bullet point action lists, quick recaps of chapters and well stocked list on further reading books.

    I enjoyed it and hope to test the section that applies to personal career development, bringing up intrinsically motivated kids and some further reading particularly Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Rothon
    London , United Kingdom
    7/04/13
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    "Fantastic Listen!"

    I heard about Dan Pink at work via a Ted Talk on Youtube. That talk appears to be a summation of his book. His theories on motivation are explained in very easy to understand terms, using very well described examples and studies. It's a great tale of what can and does motivate us and why we're driven (or not) to do achieve or act. He consistently pushes home reasons why the carrot and stick approach only works for so long and why it works for some people and not others. He cites examples of how organisations benefit from making use of this understanding, often inherently, with how they treat their staff. Autonomy and mastery or two areas he keeps highlighting as the new way to generate motivation within companies, groups and organisations. An excellent listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shabra Dowson
    Malvern, England
    23/12/12
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    "Short-term inspiration"

    I enjoyed listening to Daniel H Pink on my drive to work and found the audiobook to be motivational while I was listening to it. However his inspiration has worn off somewhat a few weeks later. There were some interesting insights in there and I’m sure my approach to life has changed since listening to the book. Great to have the author narrating his own work. I'll certainly be listening to it again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. A. A. Banjo
    London, UK
    1/07/16
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    "Interesting story on motivational theory but.."

    Interesting story on motivational theory but I found the speed of narration too fast in some places especially when introducing new terminologies, names etc. I also feel that the structure could be improved by stating what the conclusions of a line of thinking are before going on a supportive narrative. As an audio book it's more difficult to return exactly to a previous location so more sign posting in the text would help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • vincenzo cupello
    13/05/16
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    "Excellent."

    What a great book. Well structured and read. The author is clearly passionate about the subject. Lots of great tips.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    15/04/16
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    "When will business wake up?"

    Brings together a large amount of research to offer a compelling argument for 'intrinsic' motivation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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