How Driven are you? We find out during Federal News Radio’s Book Club

This week, Federal News Radio brings you the Best of the DorobekInsider. This interview originally aired on April 2, 2010.

The Federal News Radio Book Club is Back! This month we are delving right into the book Drive.

Drive asks what really motivates people. Chris Dorobek choose the book because he thought it was particularly intriguing given where the government market is with a relatively antiquated pay system. And he decided that this book was particularly relevant based on two significant developments in the past year:

“First, the Office of Personnel Management is looking at revamping the government’s general schedule system, OPM Director John Berry has said. Second, the failure of the Defense Department’s National Security Personnel System, a pay-for-performance system. I have been fascinated by NSPS because, it seemed to me, it offered some real learning opportunities for the federal government,” says Dorobek.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink argues pay-for-performance systems simply don’t work. Pink argues that there are better ways to motivate people.

“Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money-the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home-is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world,” says Pink.

Pink is the author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.