Organization Development Network of Western New York

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Book Review

Posted in Facilitation, ODN of WNY Members, Organizational Development by Michael Cardus on October 5, 2012

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY

October 2012 Meeting Announcement

Book Review –Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Facilitator: Barb BabijDrive by Dan Pink
Thursday, October 11, 2012
8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)
NEW LOCATION! Canisius Amherst Conference Center
(300N Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226)

Meeting Overview

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – it’s wrong. According to Daniel H. Pink, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

Based on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does – and how that affects every aspect of our lives. Drive reveals the three elements of true motivation:

  • Autonomy: the desire to direct our lives
  • Mastery: the desire for intellectual challenge
  • Purpose: the desire to be connected to something larger than ourselves

The format of the meeting will be a quick overview of the book and then a facilitated discussion that further explores these three elements.

You don’t need to read the book to attend.

Facilitator Bio

Barb began her consulting career with KPMG Peat Marwick managing projects in the OD, IT, and financial services fields, for global as well as emerging businesses. She moved on to the FDIC during the “first” banking crisis, where she served on a national task force creating and implementing policy for the subsidiaries of failed banks. She got married twice (to the same guy) and moved to Canada, shifting back to an OD and behavioral focus, and founded InSync4, a management consultancy helping clients build organizational and workforce capacity for sustainable innovation and growth.

While COO for a distributor of decorative hardware, Barb drove initiatives in strategic management, workforce planning and development with a focus on training, employee and labor relations, and HR policy. She was a founding committee and design team member for Mohawk College’s award winning, certified, industrial distribution training program and teaches Business Fundamentals and Leadership.

The author of a number of articles and presentations on creativity, leadership and change, Barb’s academic credentials include an MSc in Creative Studies, and an MBA in Accountancy.

She is a CPA (though not a creative accountant), and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Barb is a long-time Rotary member and also serves on several not-for-profit boards on both sides of the border.


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