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Wolf Hall

This historical novel has it all – theology, politics, envy, lust. Portraying the life of Thomas Cromwell, an adviser to King Henry VIII, Mantel steers readers through the Reformation, the cut-throat (literally) jockeying in the royal court, Cromwell's rivalry with Sir Thomas More, and the king's political and theological moves to get papal approval for his plan to divorce Queen Katherine and marry Anne Boleyn. A great read.

Drive

In a tweet (140 characters): Carrots & Sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose.

Or in a cocktail party summary: When it comes to motivation, there's a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system-- which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators--doesn't work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: (1) Autonomy--the desire to direct our own lives; (2) Mastery--the urge to get better and better at something that matters; and (3) Purpose--the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

Both of these are quotable quotes from the book. Although written partial in computerese speaking of Motivation 2.0 vs Motivation 3.0 and treating business practices as operating systems, one should be able to translate into your mode of understanding. There are lots of examples of businesses which have done well using the concepts espoused in the book. It explains very well what motivates me, which admittedly is not the money centric motivation so common in today's society.

See also www.danpink.com/drive.