Daniel Pink is the author of several provocative, best-selling books about the changing world of work. His latest is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which uses 40 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer a more effective path to high performance.
Another of Pink's books, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. A Whole New Mind is a long-running New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller that has been translated into 21 languages. It's also a personal favorite.
Pink's articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor.
A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.
On top of all this, I can say that Dan is a nice guy. On a personal note, a few years ago, after I read A Whole New Mind, I emailed Dan telling him how inspiring the book was to me. A day later, Dan replied with an offer of 3 autographed books to share with my right-brained friends. I'm not the only one who has been influenced by Dan Pink. In my phone interview with Triathlete, Brendan Brazier, he spoke of being inspired by Dan years ago when he saw him speak in Seattle.
MindBodyGreen: Biggest surprise you had while researching/writing Drive?
Daniel Pink: I was surprised by how vast the research was on human motivation, and how much it overturned orthodoxies I didn't even realize were orthodoxies.