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August 17, 2011

I recently finished reading, Drive by Daniel Pink. It’s one of those top selling business/management/current affairs type books that you probably have on your reading list (well, maybe not your summer reading list).  It’s focus is on “The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.”

It is an engaging read with lots of interesting statistics and stories many about the changing nature of our work, which I recommend. One unique feature of this book is that the author so graciously has a section in the back entitled, “Nine Strategies for Awakening Your Motivation.”  It’s a sort of handbook with exercises to think about how to be proactive in self-motivation.  One in particular jumped out at me: “GIVE YOURSELF A PERFORMANCE REVIEW.”

This idea of holding ourselves accountable for our performance in work or learning (I would add  relationships, parenting, even leisure) is powerful. How often do we stop to take stock in how we are doing on our personal goals? I really liked this idea of being deliberate in tracking progress in my particular goals and creating a formal performance review process. The author  suggests thinking about “what tools, information or support might you need to do better?”  It’s worth considering.