January 11, 2010

Once again, my world has been turned upside down by Daniel Pink. In his latest book, DRIVE, he refutes the entire industry that has been the basis of my business successes and travel around the world in the last forty years. He states the world of motivation which I knew and loved, (known as Motivation 2.0 to Pink), has now been replaced by Motivation 3.0. This is pretty unsettling! But at the same time, he put forth answers to all those nagging questions I have had through a lifetime in the Motivation Industry – so once again, he got my undivided attention-if not my immediate buy-in.

A long time ago (back in 2005) I went to hear a speaker at the Ted Mann…and my outlook on the world was altered. I heard about Right Brain Rising, the Creative Class, and why Minneapolis was a great city. I rushed out and bought the book, A WHOLE NEW MIND to learn more, and that I did. The new senses of design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning would rule in the Conceptual Age which already was upon us. As added bonuses, I also finally grasped the concept of negative space as I saw the arrow in the FedEx logo for the first time, was introduced to laughter clubs, and saw my early dyslexia tendencies-not as a problem-but as an advantage. I was hooked on the thinking of Daniel Pink.

A couple years later, he reappeared with the first business book in Japanese comic format – a career guide entitled THE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY BUNKO. Great advice quickly summarized in just six salient points. I have been looking for a creative application of “Jap-animation” in my world of events ever since!

And today, I have finished reading DRIVE in which Pink asks me to put aside Maslow’s Theory, the theory of motivation I learned in the early days at Business Incentives, and practiced for years at Carlson Marketing Group. Yes, that theory whose residue surrounds me in my office as I am writing this- those clocks and crystal bowls and memorabilia from incentive trips to London, Rome, Israel, Rio , China, and other points around the world. It has been my life forever, but Pink is asking that I take up new banners of autonomy, mastery and purpose and help close the gap between what science knows and what business does to “rejuvenate our businesses and remake our world.”

Yes, I’ve read the book, but as a proponent of “no blind faith” – I need a bit of time to process and then re-engage with this revolutionary idea next Monday nite at the Barnes and Noble in Galleria where Pink will be making an appearance. By then, I hope to have my thoughts sorted out. Will you join me? 7PM. Don’t be late.

One comment

  1. If you liked Pink’s book you should check out: “Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work” — McGraw-Hill. You’ll love it!

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