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Dan Pink, The Changing World of Work

Dan Pink, author of The Changing World of WorkDan Pink has deeply influenced the way we think about work and the way I think about Great Work. Dan Pink’s first book, Free Agent Nation, spoke to the growing trend of people leaving organizations and finding their own way. His next book, A Whole New Mind pointed to core drivers on why the world of work is changing and can no longer rely on just efficiency and process. Dan then wrote and designed a manga comic, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko – a somewhat unrecognized gem on the six secrets for meaning and impact at work. And Dan’s latest book Drive,  is on motivation and is destined to be another classic. He’s also – bless him – someone else who struggled through law school…

In our conversation Dan and I address:

  • The story of how ‘Johnny Bunko’ was born
  • Why the fact is  that ‘there is no plan’ is something that liberates rather than constrains
  • Two things that have freed Dan Pink to do his own Great Work

You can follow Dan Pink on Twitter at @DanielPink and read his blog on his eponymous website Dan Pink. You can see Dan speaking at TED on the surprising science of motivation.

Listen to my interview with Dan Pink.


0:16    Michael introduces Dan Pink
0:58    Dan’s books Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko
3:27    The story of how ‘Johnny Bunko’ was born
8:53    Why the fact is that ‘there is no plan’ is something that liberates rather than constrains
12:20   The difference between the fundamental and the instrumental choices
15:24   Two things that have freed Dan to do his own Great Work
22:42   Dan’s new book coming out in 2010  (Drive)
24:04   How to find out more about Dan and his work
24:32   Michael closes the interview with Dan Pink

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