Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Brief Look at Drive by Daniel Pink

Author Daniel Pink follows up his excellent first book, A Whole New Mind, with a terrific sophomore effort: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Pink takes a hard look at what science says about human motivation then contrasts that data with how stubbornly the rest of the world, the business world in particular, tries to motivate people in entirely the wrong way. Pink covers topics like the evolution of motivation, sticks and carrots and why they don't work, using compensation as motivation (correctly and incorrectly), and more.

I'm going to do a few posts in the next week about how Drive could and should be used by educators. Specifically I'll discuss why administrators should stop empowering teachers (seriously), how and why administrators should rethink teacher compensation, and how a mastery mindset can change a school.

Check back to read the posts. In the meantime, though, pick up a copy of Drive and add it to your bookshelf.

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