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Driven – How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices by Paul R. Lawrence & Nitin Nohria
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Driven by Paul R. A touchstone for understanding how we behave on the job “This is a stimulating and provocative book in bringing together important ideas from different fields, and, thereby, giving us a whole new slant on ‘human nature. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and Senior Lecturer, MIT In this astonishing, provocative, and solidly researched book, A touchstone for understanding how we behave on the job “This is a stimulating and provocative book in bringing together important ideas from different fields, and, thereby, giving us a whole new slant on oawrence nature.
Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and Senior Lecturer, MIT In this astonishing, provocative, and solidly researched book, two Harvard Business School professors synthesize years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a pau, theory, a unified synthesis of human nature.
Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior-the workplace-and from their work they alwrence a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior and influence the choices people make: They ultimately show that, just as advances in information technology have spurred the New Economy in the last quarter of the twentieth century, current advances in biology will be the key to understanding humans and organizations in the new millennium.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 26, Patrick rated it it was ok Shelves: Here’s the book in a nutshell: The rest of the book reads as a summary of popular science books and how they could reinforce the authors’ ideas. In general, this is pseudoscience put together by two Harvard Business School professors and strongly smacks of confirmation bias: From their uncritical embrace of the Computational Theory of Mind and specifically Pinker’s version to faulty reasoning like: The book did improve a bit in the final third, where, if you assume that the main premise is correct, the authors show some practical examples of how it could be applied.
But I think that’s a pretty big assumption. I disliked this book from the start. It grew on me toward the end, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. The authors write their own damning criticism, when they say, “[their theory] is therefore vulnerable to being attacked as a Kipling-style ‘just-so story,’ as [noted evolutionary biologist] Stephen Jay Gould might say.
Jan 05, William Schram rated it really liked it Shelves: Uses a basis of neurology and other disciplines to define what drives human beings. It breaks it down into four fundamental drives that sometimes intermingle, but can’t be further simplified.
The book uses this information to tell you how to best manage people.
That is the vibe I got from it. The book devotes three chapters to telling us about how the brain evolved, four chapters to telling us about t Uses a basis of neurology and other disciplines to define what drives human beings. The book devotes three chapters to telling us about how the brain evolved, four chapters to telling us about the four drives, three chapters telling us about the context in which they work, and the final two chapters talk about Human Nature and how it relates to society.
It is quite scholarly and explains the main thesis really well. Jan 08, Veronique Zancarini rated it really liked it. The idea of summarizing what drives us humans is actually interesting and the authors did quite a good job. The first part describing each drive and trying to explain why they are there and how they make us do what we do is quite interesting.
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However, I have to say that the second part with less theory and more examples needs a lot more developing. I found for example their explanati The idea of summarizing what drives us humans is actually interesting and the authors did quite a good job.
I found for example their explanation of the Russian crisis way oversimplified. The authors presented their ideas well and yes, they make sense.
However, when it came to choosing examples to support their ideas, I found their choices were rather poor and that they just brushed over the subject instead of going deeper. I think it is a real shame because as a whole, their theory make a lot of sense. Sep 04, Alaina Marie rated it it was ok. People innately want to connect with others but life experience makes it scary to reach out.
Creating a forced element removes requiring people to put themselves out there and forces people to focus on similarities to get through the time period. Jan 06, Niyin Mariita rated it really liked it. I liked the book and I think it’s a fascinating read. The author says we have 4 basic drives drive to aquire, bond, learn, and defend and these are the basic motivators for humans.
I think they should be seen as psychological rather than biological. The main theme of this text is how we base our decision making on those four psychological drives that every person is born with regardless of religion, race or other factors.
Nov 02, Dvir Oren rated it it was ok. Jan 21, Maura rated it it was ok. Not a lot of practical information. The breakdown of human nature into 4 drives to acquire, to bond, to learn, to defend is interesting, but the evolutionary biology analysis seems a little simplistic. I’m glad I don’t live in a world where most people’s selections of mates has ever seemed as sexist and reductionist as the authors suggest. The analysis of organizational failures resulting from the lack of one or more of these drives in the individuals’ roles is more interesting.
I would never h Not a lot of practical information. I would never have extrapolated that HP strove to include all 4 drives in new openings, or that GM lacked some of these drives in reducing its operators to mindless work no learning, little bonding between managers and reports and forcing suppliers into painful price reductions no bonding. Nov 06, Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it.
This book explains free will as the result of balancing the four drives underlying human emotions: The authors speculate that all of these drives are the result of natural selection: So why is there war and fanaticism? People pervert the desire to learn by falling for extreme ideologies, and pervert the desire to bond by This book explains free will as the result of balancing the four drives underlying human emotions: People pervert the desire to learn by falling for extreme ideologies, and pervert the desire to bond by uniting against common enemies.
However, I wish the authors had explained one puzzling event of recent decades: Apr 20, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this book fabulous. It has already changed how I view human nature as a leader, as a member of my Family, as a member of a larger profession. Recommend to leaders, managers, social scientists, psychologists. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria explore four fundamental i. The strength of their argument lies in their research – anthropological, cultural and organizational.
Their research examples are rich in I found this book fabulous. Their research examples are rich in variety and compelling. As of not yet tested to predict behavior I think anyone would agree that the model is sound in understanding individual and group behavior. For leaders, managers, and political scientists the theory is just as useful in determining how to shape behavior. May 17, Bart-Jan rated it it was ok Shelves: This was one of the hardest books I’ve ever read since university.
If you aspire to become an anthropologist this book is absolutely worth reading. The book covers an interesting subject that humans have 4 basic drives: Every action can be defined as driven by of one or more combinations of these drives. I helps explain and even predict human behavior.
Oct 13, Adam Archer rated it liked it Shelves: A good read and interesting premise, worth the read. My only complaint is that the book was published in and is it deals with several emerging fields evolutionary psychology, neurobiology, etc.
Consequently, some of the information might alread be a bit outdated. A good read but I would recommend some other similar books that have been published recently first.
Jan 22, Jill rated it did not like it. I was looking for something that I could apply to my own life, but instead I got something a bit too academic and repetitive to sink my teeth into.
Jan 14, Leonardo Campos rated it really liked it. May 08, Todd rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was included in my book: Jun 24, James Solano rated it really liked it. Zainab Al-tayyeb rated it really liked it Jan 06, Flavia Simona rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Delis rated it really liked it Nov 15, Linda rated it it was amazing Jan 15,