Book Description from Amazon.com
I had requested to read and review a copy of this book because I was captured by the title and the topic is an important for one for educators, parents, and anyone who works for a company. I wanted to read about what the author had to say.
The book overall is very easy to read. Here is a quick breakdown of things I liked.
- very short chapters of key ideas to positive reinforcement
- no dense research readings to burrow through
- QR codes and links to articles, videos, and stories were very beneficial
- ideas are practical and simple
- questions and his ideas lead to a great conversation
A few things that I did not care for
- The book is short under 150 pages. I did not like reading the same quotes or stories over several times. You would read one story and it would be mentioned again 5-10 pages later. Use more examples. If he has been speaking for 30 years he should have more examples than he knows what to do with.
- The book did not provide any sort of system or plan to begin to move towards this whole idea of positive self reinforcement.
I enjoyed the book. I really did. I have a ton of highlights. It brought to mind many things in my own school district about what we do. He really goes after what many companies and businesses do to promote work and effort. I find that very interesting because he is challenging the systems in place. I liked that. I also found it interesting to see him argue against one of my favorites, Dan Pink. It really makes me want to create a book club to read this book, Drive, and some others to discuss the various perspectives on motivation and what works. It was good for me to read another perspective because I agreed with a lot of what the author was stating.
I think this book is well worth your time to read. I am going to go back through my 30+ highlights and create a discussion guide. I am thinking about even using the ideas as a Twitter chat. This books just makes the reader stop to think about policies in place where we work and to think about whether these policies are causing more harm than good. I am glad I read this book. It has given me much to think about and I will be pursuing some of these topics in further detail very soon.