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Motivation Category

Drive reviewed by Bob Selden

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink

January 6, 2013 No Comments

“DRIVE” is a book that has been needed for a long time. It’s about what motivates all of us and in particular, the misconceptions some people have, notably business leaders, about the subject. As author Daniel H. Pink points out in the introduction “I will show that much of what we believe about the subject just isn’t so”.

Pink does a great job of reviewing the literature and history of motivation in a way that is practical and easy to read. Above all, he explains things in a way that also makes it relevant for practising managers to implement. Pink pulls all of this together in what he describes as “Type I” behaviour – the things that really motivate us.

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Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People

September 26, 2012 No Comments

Shine has one of the best introductions I have read in a long while. Hallowell’s story of meeting “Dr. Shine” at the airport was inspiring. This story also gave the author the opportunity to overview the content of the book and the concepts he was to cover. I couldn’t wait to see what was to come and eagerly turned the pages.

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The Art of Possibility

December 7, 2011 No Comments

The Art of PossibilityEverything is possible. Everything is invented. Two phrases that resonate from “The Art of Possibility”. The authors, Ros and ben Zander have put together a “must read” book for all those wishing to see a better world for themselves and others.

The book is full of stories from Ben’s experience as a world renowned orchestra (e.g. The Boston Philharmonic) conductor and Ros’ case histories from psychotherapy.

It is indeed an inspiring book. The authors take us on a journey of possibility, in fact an invitation to join them in a “Universe of Possibility”. I was particularly impressed with their discussion about assumptions – how we can work with them, and the concept of “Giving an A” – awarding an “Ä” to people in advance, not as an expectation to live up to, but a possibility to live into.

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Taming Tigers

March 1, 2009 No Comments

The last self-help guide book I read was almost 20 years ago. I got sick and tired of the same old things being said in slightly different ways. So, I was a little apprehensive when asked to review Taming Tigers by Jim Lawless. Always up for a challenge, I accepted.

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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth In Ancient Wisdom

November 24, 2008 No Comments

I liked the Happiness Hypothesis yet I found it difficult to critique. Why? Well, it’s probably not the type of book I usually read. In fact it sat on my coffee table for over a month before I got started. When I did, I found it fascinating. 

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One more time: How do you motivate employees?

November 17, 2008 No Comments

How many times have you heard managers say “If only my people were more motivated”? Frederick Herzberg in his classic HBR article “One more time: How do you motivate employees?” has the answer.

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