Are you reading any great business books right now? How about a novel you can’t put down?
Luckily, I’m now reading a business book and a novel that are both fascinating:
1. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
With lots of scientific research, case studies and a powerful, upbeat voice, Pink argues that the traditional “carrot and stick” method of motivating employees no longer works. In fact, it never did. Instead, humans are intrinsically motivated to seek out autonomy, intellectual challenge and satisfaction, and the opportunity to contribute to some purpose. I especially enjoyed reading the examples of this motivational philosophy put into practice within successful corporations.
Many disagree with this philosophy and even more dispute how it can be effectively implemented. If you don’t have the time to read Drive, check out the 10-minute animated video.
2. Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
This ambitious project portrays Renoir’s his masterpiece, telling the stories of the thirteen friends who pose for him. As the Impressionist group struggles to stay together, Renoir resolves to make something of himself and challenge his artistic skills.
In bringing this era to life, Vreeland’s characters sometimes lose their fullness. Despite this, any fan of Renoir or art history buff (like me) will enjoy getting lost in this detailed portrait.