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 &
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
" was ranked #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
sold millions of books worldwide that have been translated into 33
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.
• "The Adventures of Johnny
Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need"
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
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
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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