Agenda-setting commentator on the big trends impacting business, work and behavior
2015 Ranking: #10
This is the age of the distiller, the person who can take a mountain of research from around the world and make sense of it in a compelling way. Dan Pink has managed to take some of the most pressing issues of our times and done just that. And, not just once.
A former speechwriter for Al Gore, Pink’s debut book was Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. This became something of a bible for the Fast Company-reading, Internet generation. It was one of the first books to capture the new dynamic relationship between employees and employers.
Dan Pink’s other books have all followed Free Agent Nation into the bestseller lists. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer a more effective path to high performance.
Most recently, he is the author of To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, which uses social science, survey research, and rich stories to offer a fresh look at the art and science of sales.
Along the way, Washington DC-based Pink has also produced the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga; hosted a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel; and made one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views.
Dan Pink (www.danpink.com) is currently at work on a new book.