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Book Review- Drive-The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us January 26, 2011

Posted by Jack Macholl in Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Freedom, Uncategorized.

After listening to President Obama’s State of the Union speech yesterday evening  I started thinking about Dan Pink’s book on human drive and how relevant his thoughts are in regard to the President’s concerns about America’s competitiveness and future viability. This book offers a scientific point of view in regard to things that motivate human beings. Within the book he challenges us to rethink how we motivate our children, students and employees. He asks us to look within and determine what really moves or “drives” us beyond the basic motivators that sustain life.

This is not one of the many “toss out theory and walk away” books. Dan provides a very nice recap , some useful tools and web sites that build on the new “Motivation 3.0” concepts which leads us away from “carrot and sticking” for achievement.

If you are a teacher, parent, business professional or simply a human that is looking for new meaning in the 21st century world, this book is time well spent.



1. Jason Sokol - January 26, 2011


Great review. I read Dan’s book several months ago and found it just as valuable. I even bought it for a few coworkers.

Dan’s focus on mastery, autonomy and purpose really hit home for me and I have a feeling that it will for many others as well.

How will you use Dan’s teachings to inform your work and career? What are you planning on reading next?


Jack Macholl - January 27, 2011

It’s great to get your comments on Mr. Pink’s book. I am already using some of the Motivation 3.0 in dialog with suppliers, clients and colleagues in business planning discussions. Today business owners are grappling with how to keep bright, top-performing employees and the techniques Dan offers provide some tools that will keep people engaged beyond the old “carrot and stick” formula.

I plan to go back and review Jan Vermeiren’s How To Really Use LinkedIn. The book is packed with tips that have already made me a better user of that network. That and some additional reading on corporate social responsibility is also on the horizon.
Have a great day. Jack

2. Jacqui Neurauter - January 26, 2011

Hi Jack,

I like Daniel Pink’s works. He challenges one to look at things in refreshing new ways.

Hope all is well with you.

Jacqui Neurauter

Jack Macholl - January 27, 2011

Hello Jackie,
Many thanks for posting. I went to breakfast with a good freind who runs a printing firm here in Chicago and part of the chat was about motivating employees, particularly the people who are a decade or so younger than we are. I am becoming an “evangelist” of Dan’s writing. Have a great day. Jack

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