Most of us for most of our lives have believed that the best way to motivate people and ourselves is through reward or punishment. For years most businesses and schools have operated under that assumption by using what Pink calls the carrot and stick.
In his newest book, Pink says that is a mistake. He says that people are motivated more by “intrinsic,” internal rewards, rather than external rewards. Pink asserts that the “…secret of high performance and satisfaction – at work, at school and at home…” is autonomy, mastery and purpose.
Not only does he draw on over 40 years of research in explaining his premise, he has practical techniques and examples of large companies that are putting this into practice.
I found this a very thought provoking book, and as I was reading it began thinking of ways that I might be able to implement in my life, both work and personal.
I often find nonfiction dull and dry and although Pink does have a lot of research statistic I found this book entertaining and, if not fun, at least not boring. Pink refers several times to what he calls the Sawyer effect. The way Tom Sawyer got his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence by convincing them that it was fun. Sawyer turned work into play and Pink almost manages to turn this book into fun.