We had a wonderful interview with Dan Pink on Friday, October 1,
2010. He had been on the road speaking without a break since September
15th, both in the UK and US.
That day was no exception. He did the interview on his cell phone while
home from a speaking engagement in Saint Michael's, Maryland. He was
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Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation
ABOUT DANIEL PINK
H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world
of work, including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole
New Mind and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates
Us, which together have been translated into 28 languages.
Drive: The Surprising
Truth About What Motivates Us uses 50 years of behavioral science
to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer
a more effective path to high performance. Drive reached every
national bestseller list in its first month of publication and is now
in its sixth month on the
New York Times list. Over the next year, it will appear in Japanese,
Korean, French, German, Spanish, and 19 other languages.
A Whole New Mind:
Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain
thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals
and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. A
Whole New Mind is a long-running New York Times bestseller
that has been translated into 23 languages.
His articles on business and technology appear in many publications,
including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company,
and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He also writes
a monthly business column for the U.K. newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph.
Dan has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR,
and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. And he lectures to corporations,
associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation
and the new workplace.
A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House,
where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President
Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich
and in other positions in politics and government.
He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. To his lasting joy,
he has never practiced law.
Dan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.
Reviews of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
"Pink's ideas deserve a wide hearing. Corporate boards, in fact,
could do well by kicking out their pay consultants for an hour and reading
Pink's conclusions instead." - Forbes
"Pink's analysis-and new model-of motivation offers tremendous
insight into our deepest nature." - Publishers Weekly
"Pink makes a convincing case that organizations ignore intrinsic
motivation at their peril." - Scientific American
"Persuasive . . .Harnessing the power of intrinsic motivation
rather than extrinsic remuneration can be thoroughly satisfying and
infinitely more rewarding." - Miami Herald
"These lessons are worth repeating, and if more companies feel
emboldened to follow Mr. Pink's advice, then so much the better. - Wall Street Journal
"Pink is rapidly acquiring international guru status . . . He
is an engaging writer, who challenges and provokes." - Financial Times
"Important reading an integral addition to a growing body
of literature that argues for a radical shift in how businesses operate." - Kirkus
"Drive is the rare book that will get you to think and inspire
you to act. Pink makes a strong, science-based case for rethinking motivation-and
then provides the tools you need to transform your life." -Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of YOU: The Owners Manual
"Pink's a gifted writer who turns even the heaviest scientific
study into something digestible - and often amusing - without losing
his intellectual punch." - New York Post
"Enchanting . . . an important book offering a whole new way
to think about motivation." - Globe