Daniel H. Pink

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Daniel H. Pink
Daniel H. Pink
Born 1964 (age 51–52)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Northwestern University;
Yale Law School
Genre Non-fiction
Notable works Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us;
A Whole New Mind;
To Sell is Human;
Free Agent Nation
Spouse married with three children

Daniel H. Pink (born 1964) is the author of five books about business, work, and management that have sold two million copies worldwide and have been translated into 34 languages.[1]

He is the host of the National Geographic Channel program Crowd Control which premiered in November 2014.

Early life and career[edit]

Pink grew up in the small suburban town of Bexley, Ohio, outside Columbus, in a childhood he claims was marked by “team sports, public libraries, and sitcoms.”[2] He graduated from Bexley High School in 1982, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.[3] In 1991, he received a law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Yale Law & Policy Review.[4]

Deciding not to practice law, Pink worked in several positions in politics and economic policy. He served as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and from 1995 to 1997 he was chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. In 1997, he quit his job to go out on his own, an experience he described in the 1998 Fast Company article, Free Agent Nation, which became the basis of his first book.[5]


Pink has written five books that focus on the "changing workplace," and that have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list:

  1. To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
  2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  3. The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need
  4. A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future
  5. Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself

His articles on business and technology have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired.[6][7][8][9]

As of 2012, Pink's 2009 talk on The Puzzle of Motivation was one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks.[10]

In 2011, Thinkers50 named Pink as one of the 50 most-influential management thinkers in the world.[11]

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