A moment or two with Daniel Pink (with a credo from Harrison Ford, and appreciation for conversations facilitated by NPR)

Dan Pink

Daniel Pink, author of Free Agent Nation (which I have read and presented), A Whole New Mind (which I have read)  and his new book Drive:  The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (which I am reading, and will present), is speaking in Dallas tonight.  I plan to attend, so I thought I would read up a little on him.

Here are two items, unrelated to each other, from his blog:

Item #1:   A credo from Harrison Ford (from an interview in Parade):

“When I was a carpenter, I once worked with this Russian lady architect. I would tell her, ‘Look, I’m terribly sorry, but I want to change that a half inch,’ and she would say, ‘No limit for better.’ I think that is a worthy credo. You keep on going until you get it as close to being right as the time and patience of others will allow.”

I think you might recognize this guy...

No limit for better. Good advice for a Monday.

Item #2:  And a reminder of the great value of conversations on NPR (including our local Think host, Krys Boyd):

Some Drive time on NPR

The way ideas spread is pretty simple: Conversation by conversation. One engaged person talks with another engaged person — and out of that daisy chain of human interactions come new ways to navigate our lives.

One of the best and most enduring forums for conversation is public radio. And in the past week, I’ve had the good fortune to talk about the ideas in Drive with several National Public Radio journalists. Here’s a sampler:

1. Morning Edition. A talk with Madeline Brand.

2. Talk of the Nation. Host Neal Conan invited listeners to tell their stories about motivation at work — which brought forth examples of the very good and the very bad.

3. Local programs. Some of the best journalism in this country goes on at the local level. Visiting with hosts like Washington’s Kojo Nnamdi, Philadelphia’s Marty Moss-Coane, Dallas’s Krys Boyd, and the Twin Cities’ Kerri Miller, I learned a lot about both the possibilities and limits of these ideas.

If, er, you’d like to join the conversation, please do…’

Daniel Pink – a name to add to your “ I should read his books” list.  And now, now that I’ve discovered it, I have to add his blog to my reading list.  So many books; so many blogs; so little time…

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