In Drive, Dan Pink provides an engaging summary of the research that demonstrates why so much of what we learn to do as managers actually doesn’t motivate people to perform their best. Consider that sacred corporate cow: pay for performance. While pay for performance can improve outcomes for the routinized work so common in the industrial age, it doesn’t do much for results when the work people are doing requires creativity and problem-solving (in fact, pay for performance can even decrease performance.) Drive then explores what does motivate knowledge workers to excel and offers practical suggestions for managers and companies alike. It’s a fast read and it helps to challenge traditional management thinking that is so often counterproductive in leading today’s diverse workforce.
If you are running short on time and want a more summarized version of the material check out:
- TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html
- RSA animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc