Useful Stuff - In the Pink!!

I thought I would start a new blog section to discuss in detail one website, book, podcast, blog. journalist or business (or anything other communication medium!) that I find especially useful and why.

You may have spotted a tab on the website titled ‘Useful stuff’ - in there you will find a collection of things that I have found useful, during my career and during my research for My Working Life, with a brief description and a link to take you direct to the item. I will add items to this section as and when I find them.

(NB I do not receive any income by endorsing these items - they are recommended purely because I have found them useful or a client. colleague or friend has recommended them).

However, due to limitations (time and space!!) it isn’t always possible to provide an in-depth review so I thought I would use the blog for the stuff that I have found Very Useful Indeed!!

This is the first of these blogs and I hope that these insights will encourage you to visit, use or purchase the item and that you find them as invaluable as I do.

Books that inspired me!!!!

I’m going to start by dipping into a couple of books by the renowned author Daniel Pink.

I first came across Daniel H. Pink through his book Drive : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. As his website says this book explains why “the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world”.

As an HR professional who had struggled with the typical motivation training and performance management processes over the years, this book provided me with an ‘aha’ moment. Since then I have recommended this book more than any other and applied the ethos behind Drive to my work.

I can also recommend his book ‘To Sell is Human’ which new explores the power of selling in our lives. Pink draws again on social science to reveal “the new ABCs of moving others (it’s no longer “Always Be Closing”), […] why extraverts don’t make the best salespeople, and how giving people an “off-ramp” for their actions can matter more than actually changing their minds.

You will also find “the six successors to the elevator pitch, the three rules for understanding another’s perspective, the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive” and more. As always his books are engaging, perceptive and practical - highly recommended even if you are not in sales.

So, who is Daniel H. Pink?

Pink received a BA from Northwestern University, a JD from Yale Law School and honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, the Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Westfield State University. Pink worked in politics and government, including serving as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore (1995 to 1997) before going out on his own 20 years ago,

He currently serves on the advisory boards of several businesses including Heleo, and Hubspot.

Pink’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 20 million views. For the last six years, London-based Thinkers 50 named him as one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world.

What else?

As well as reading his books I have signed up to Pinks newsletter which includes his brief but inspirational Pinkcast. Even when I think the topic isn’t on my ‘watch list’ I usually find myself reading and watching the whole thing and making a note of something to check, track or buy!

So, my number one recommendation from the ‘Useful Stuff’ section is Daniel H. Pink - read, watch and learn!