This book examines the science of motivation and argues that the traditional carrot-and-stick approach to motivating people is not as effective as it's often assumed. Instead, people are motivated by three innate needs: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.


The author explains that autonomy is the desire to direct our own lives; mastery is the urge to get better at something that matters; and purpose is the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. When these needs are met, people are more likely to be engaged and productive at work.



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