Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2002, 315 pages
Keywords: Personal Development
What universal characteristics make us human? Are there biological drives that motivate us as human beings? Why do we choose to do what we do?
At last we have the answers to these and other timeless questions about human nature.
In this groundbreaking book, Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria, two Harvard-based researchers, take a multidisciplinary approach that bridges the gap between the latest findings from evolutionary biology and insights about human behavior derived from social science. Driven compellingly sets forth the authors’ scientific theory for understanding human nature and behavior.
Lawrence and Nohria conclude that the way we act is a result of the conscious choices we make. These deliberate choices are fueled by the internal battle constantly raging among our four innate, subconscious, brain-based drives:
Driven offers a workable model to help make sense of the human experience-- at the dinner table, the card table and the conference table — and reveals the common heritage of humans, no matter how diverse our cultural or social backgrounds.
The authors — knowing that humans will always be contentious and never reach the idealized goal of total balance and agreement — urge us to attend to the well-being of our souls. If we attempt to balance our four drives, we can find the way forward to the next stage of our evolution as human beings.
This is one of the few books that may in fact change your outlook on life. Enough said, buy it and read it, you may not agree with the authors, but it will for sure get you thinking seriously.