Daniel H. Pink is the author of a number of provocative bestselling books on the changing world of work.
Dan’s articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace.
Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.
His books include: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself.
His latest book is Drive, published by Canongate Books in January 2010.
This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
We’ve been conditioned to think that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is either through fear of punishment or through external rewards such as money and fame. Dan exposes this common mistake and describe how people and corporations can embrace his innovative approach to the science of motivation.
Money can be a powerful motivator, but as studies performed by universities around the country (and this video) explain, rewarding people financially only works to a point. Beyond that, you need autonomy and purpose.