Daniel Pink and the Changing Workplace

Daniel Pink is the author of the popular personal development books "A Whole New Mind" and "Drive." His books focus on the changing workplace environment and the science of motivation.

Daniel Pink was selected by Thinkers50 as one of the top 50 influential management thinkers worldwide due to his innovative ideas.

Background of Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink attended high school in Ohio, then received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. He received a law degree from Yale and while there acted as editor-in-chief for the prestigious Yale Law & Policy Review.

He worked as an aide to Robert Reich when he held the office of Secretary of Labor and later Pink was chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.

Since 1997, Daniel Pink has worked as an author and public speaker. His books have become bestsellers and "Drive" was ranked #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

He has sold millions of books worldwide that have been translated into 33 languages.

Books by Daniel Pink

• "Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself" was published in 2001 and is available as an ebook, book, and audio book. This book teaches readers about the shift in the American workforce from employee to free agent. Daniel Pink interviewed hundreds of freelance workers to gain their perspectives on working for themselves so readers could understand the benefits and the disadvantages. The book covers free agents of all sorts including temp workers, freelance soloists, and microbusiness owners. Pink traveled across the country with his family in tow to interview subjects for this book while he was contributing editor to Fast Company magazine. This in-depth work explores the shift in the workplace and examines its predicted impact upon society.

• "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" was published in 2006 and is a book, audio book, and ebook. In this work, Daniel Pink takes a look at the history of the workforce and then predicts its future. He describes four phases: agricultural age, industrial age, information age and conceptual age. He states the conceptual age we are entering is when right-brained thinkers will become global leaders in business. Right-brained thinkers are creative individuals, inventors, storytellers, artists, and free spirits. Pink takes a look at free agents around the world and identifies traits that make them successful. He then offers personal development tips for mastering those traits in preparation for the emerging workplace. This book was a BusinessWeek and New York Times bestseller. It was also selected best business book of the year by Fast Company, The Miami Herald, Strategy + Business, and 800-CEO-READ. Daniel Pink uses this book to speak to the management movement of allowing innovation and creativity to blossom in the workplace.

More and more books are also becoming available as ebooks and audibles.

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• "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need" was published in 2008 and is available as a book and ebook. This is an instructional comic book, delivered in manga format, that offers insightful and practical advice for career seekers. It tells the story of Johnny Bunko who is stuck in a mindless job until one day he decides to think about his future. He then begins to build a career rather than survive in a dead end job. Daniel Pink presents important lessons that Bunko had to learn that help him find, keep, and flourish in a rewarding career. Although this is presented in comic book format, it is an encouraging and useful career guide. It is suitable for high school students, college grads, and anyone seeking a meaningful career.

• "Drive" was published in 2009 and is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. This is one of the best selling personal development books by Daniel Pink. It was named to several bestseller lists including Amazon, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. In this book, Pink shares his views on what motivates and drives people. He explains that contrary to popular belief, money is not the best motivator. Instead, workers and students respond better to the chance to be creative and in control of their lives. He outlines three elements of motivation: mastery, autonomy, and purpose. He further offers tips on how to put these elements into action in order to improve performance at home, in school, and in the workplace.

Daniel Pink the Speaker

In addition to writing bestselling books, Pink is also much sought after as a public speaker. He lectures around the country to public and private groups. His talk on the science of motivation became one of the most watched TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) of all times. Many notables have presented TED Talks including Bill Gates and Bill Clinton.

Fans of Daniel Pink can watch videos he has posted on his website to hear him speak, listen to his podcasts, or read his articles online. Pink even hosts "Office Hours" periodically where he answers calls in an open lines format and talks with special guests. Fans can stay in contact with Daniel Pink through his website or follow him on Twitter.



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