Dan Pink, fully Daniel H. Pink

Pink, fully Daniel H. Pink

American Author, Business Thinker, Artist, Attorney and White House Speechwriter for Al Gore, known for "A Whole New Mind and Drive", aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

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We have in our head something called story grammar. We see the world as a series of episodes rather than logical propositions... In our serious society, storytelling is seen as being soft. But people process the world through story.

In the same way that machines have replaced our bodies in certain kinds of jobs, software is replacing our left brains by doing sequential, logical work... I actually think this shift toward right-brain abilities has the potential to make us both better off and better in a deeper sense.

Symphony is the ability to see the big picture, connect the dots, combine disparate things into something new. Visual artists in particular are good at seeing how the pieces come together. I experienced this myself by trying to learn to draw.

What do artists do? Artists give people something they didn't know they were missing: a dance, a piece of music, a painting, a piece of sculpture. Catering to that need is the best business strategy.

People get satisfaction from living for a cause that's greater than themselves. They want to leave an imprint.

The misuse of extrinsic rewards, so common in business, impedes creativity, stifles personal satisfaction and turns play into work.

I think the more important task for a young person than developing a personal brand is figuring out what she's great at, what she loves to do, and how she can use that to leave an imprint in the world.

It's a question we all ask ourselves. What have we done lately? It rattles us each birthday.

Create some psychological space between you and your project by imagining you're doing it for someone else or contemplating what advice you'd give to another person in your predicament.

Harness the power of peers.

Tens of millions of people have iPods, whereas eight years ago, they didn't know they were missing them.

One aspect of play is the importance of laughter, which has physiological and psychological benefits. Did you know that there are thousands of laughter clubs around the world? People get together and laugh for no reason at all!

Money can extinguish intrinsic motivation, diminish performance, crush creativity, encourage unethical behavior, foster short-term thinking, and become addictive.

In the past thirty years we have learned more about the workings of the human brain than in all of previous history.

Abstract thinking leads to greater creativity... That means if we care about innovation we need to be more abstract... But in our businesses and our lives, we often do the opposite. We intensify our focus rather than widen our view. We draw closer rather than step back.

The future belongs to... creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning-makers. These people... will now reap society's richest rewards and share its greatest joys.

The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas.

Experimentalists never know when their work is finished.

Down there - in the land of hadrons, quarks, and Schrodinger's cat - things get freaky. The cool rationality of Isaac Newton gives way to the bizarre unpredictability of Lewis Carroll.

The teacher showed us how to see proportions, relationships, light and shadow, negative space, and space between space - something I never noticed before! In one week, I went from not knowing how to draw to sketching a detailed portrait. It literally changed the way I see things.

Carry a notebook and write down examples of good and poor design. After a week, you'll begin to realize that nearly everything is the product of a design decision.

The right brain is finally being taken seriously.

In flow, the relationship between what a person had to do and what he could do was perfect. The challenge wasn't too easy.
Nor was it too difficult. It was a notch or two beyond his current abilities, which stretched the body and mind in a way that made the effort itself
the most delicious reward. That balance produced a degree of focus and satisfaction that easily surpassed other, more quotidian,
experiences. In flow, people lived so deeply in the moment, and felt so utterly in control, that their sense of time, place, and even self melted
away. They were autonomous, of course. But more than that, they were engaged.

One source of frustration in the workplace is the frequent mismatch between what people must do and what
people can do. When what they must do exceeds their capabilities, the result is anxiety. When what they must do falls short of their capabilities,
the result is boredom. But when the
match is just right, the results can be glorious. This is the essence of flow.

Lawyers often face intense demands but have relatively little “decision latitude.” Behavioral scientists use this term to describe the choices, and perceived choices, a person has. In a sense, it’s another way of describing autonomy—and lawyers are glum and cranky because they don’t have much of it.

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American Author, Business Thinker, Artist, Attorney and White House Speechwriter for Al Gore, known for "A Whole New Mind and Drive", aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich