Thoughts on Dan Pink’s Drive
by Scott Smith
Just finished ‘Drive.’ It’s a superior book if for no other reason then it made me recall moments in my life when I was motivated intrinsically. The main moment was when Nick and Ken had me work on the Chase outsourcing project. I didn’t get paid anything, didn’t expect anything, but worked long hours to get the job done. The job I was asked to do was not interesting; however, the project was.
Another time was when I started working for Ken in Indiana, and I pursued an MCSE. Ken didn’t offer me an ‘if-then’ reward if I achieved the certification. He simply supported my efforts by paying for tests and books.
‘Drive’ gives me a vocabulary for what is wrong in my current situation, and the tools to extract myself from it. Pink also provides excellent summaries at the end of the book.