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Monday, April 12, 2010

Drive by Dan Pink: FINAL Post

Dan Pink’s attempt at helping hands-on people “get it” is contained in the section of the book called “The Type I Toolkit.” Note: Type I people are those motivated by intrinsic, not extrinsic, carrot-and-stick motivators. I’ll admit that this section seems a bit tacked on—often the requirement of a publisher to make a hardback page length. However, I especially enjoyed some of his examples about how to apply it in daily life as a leader and as a parent—the ultimate leader.

I don’t know that Motivation 3.0: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose will become the 21 Century’s Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs—but it comes very close for me. For one thing, it explains some of the extreme generational differences we’re seeing in the classroom and workplace.

In short, Dan Pink has just helped us understand a powerful emerging theory in a simple, straightforward manner. Kudos, Dan. Keep writing.

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