Not as though provoking as I thought. Perhaps I have read similar ideas in other books. I would rather read Tom Rath's Well beings.
differentiate right-brains job from left-brain one. Productivity of the former one could be ruined by rewards as the rewards can limit the creativity. (Play vs work.) extrinsic reward is for survival. Intrinsic reward is fo fulfillment (autonomy, mastery/flow, purpose)...Continua
OK, so this is no scientific paper, but it's what I want in a book. Well written, compelling and with fascinating insights, it goes into just enough detail and points you in the direction of where to do more research. Loved it.
Just half the book is filled with content. The other half is boilerplate like summaries, checklists, bibliography, notes, recommendations...
Even so, it is an interesting read and I recommend it.
The intuition behind Drive makes sense: people are motivated to act not just by external rewards, but by fun and their interests. There is even some research to support it. So far, so good.
Everything else about the book is really not up to standards. It cuts corners: three examples become an unstoppable trend (talk about science). It trivializes the issue (any controversy among researchers? Could we please have some info about that?). It tries to glamorize respectable researchers into management gurus. It comes with a "toolkit" complete with soundibites, motivational posters (MOTIVATIONAL POSTERS!) and even how to stay motivated to exercise. Really.
I finished the book feeling irritated, and actually a little offended. The author obviously thinks that we, his readers, are complete idiots. Give us your hypothesis, give us the science, give us the debate, hint at the consequences, OK, but don't go from there into training hints. Treat us as equals, not little kids to be instructed. Talk about intrinsic motivation. :-...Continua