In his newest installment, Pink tackles motivation, tracing its evolution and, using a software analogy, asserting the need for a radically new way of looking at the topic, which he dubs Motivation 3.0. Practiced by Type I leaders, it relies on autonomy, mastery and purpose to get results. Many of the ideas on which he bases his premise are not new – we’ve known that the old carrot and stick are not particularly effective in the 21st century – but Pink does give us plenty to think about.
He also presents ideas that will make some readers bristle. Does your organization pay employees to spend 20% of their time on whatever they want instead of on the work at hand? Whether you can agree with everything he supports or not, Pink uses interesting life stories and research studies to support the case for a new way of motivating others.