Think like Pink: best-selling author Daniel Pink to speak at Workhuman Live 2020

September 5, 2019 Sarah Mulcahy

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When it comes to the people side of business, it can be tempting to let feelings or gut instincts drive our decisions and processes. Take pay, for example. You might assume that larger bonuses or a higher pay grade is the secret to motivation and retention. This assumption is the basis of many traditional compensation and benefits strategies. And yet, as top business thinker and best-selling author Daniel Pink explains in his famous TED talk, “There’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.”

Author of six provocative books, including his newest, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” Daniel uses decades of behavioral science to challenge old-school management techniques. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on human motivation, and that’s why I’m thrilled to share he will speak at Workhuman® Live, May 11-14, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

Core to Daniel’s research is the idea that long-term motivation and growth comes from fostering autonomy, mastery, and purpose in our people. These principles have long been the foundation of the Workhuman movement.

In fact, back in 2015 – the first year we held the Workhuman Live conference – we featured a micro-interview with Daniel here on the blog. We asked him for some practical ways businesses can cultivate more human workplaces. Here’s what he said:

For starters, less control and more self-direction. I’m convinced that freedom-centered cultures aren’t just more human; they’re also more effective. Businesses could do much, much better in providing feedback to employees so they know how they’re doing and so they can improve at something that matters. And most businesses would benefit from having explicit conversations about their purpose – talking out loud about why everyone is showing up to work and why their contribution is important.

It all comes back to purpose and progress. At Workhuman Live, Daniel will share even more groundbreaking insights that will help you foster both humanity and productivity in the workplace. For more information and to register, visit

Also, keep a close eye here on the Workhuman blog for soon-to-be-announced updates to the Workhuman Live agenda, including breakout session speakers and content tracks by job function, including diversity and inclusion, learning and development, internal communication, compensation and benefits, and more. Stay tuned!


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About the Author

Sarah Mulcahy

Sarah is senior content marketing manager at Workhuman. When not writing and reading about all things culture, leadership, recognition, and appreciation, she enjoys iced coffee, running, and spending time with her daughters, Mabel and Eva.

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