Lately I’ve been interested in reading books on business, money, life, motivation, and other intriguing topics.  I’ve always read a lot online, but rarely would buy a book to sit and read.  After getting many suggestions recently, I’ve become interested in reading more offline.  I’ve gathered a decent a list of books that I will purchase soon, and am currently reading “Good Strategy, Bad Strategy”, which analyzes how strategy affects business.

While searching for other books to read in the future, I came across a book called “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink.  The title seemed interesting, and the summary did as well.  After reading some reviews, I came across a TED talk that Daniel gave on the science of motivation in 2009.  It gives a convincing analysis of motivation, incentives, and results and compares traditional 20th century motives and models to 21st century – and is summarized as:

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

It is an 18 minute talk, and is well worth the time if you have any interest in what I’ve said above.  You can watch it below, or at this link.