Welcome to the latest issue of our irregular and irreverent newsletter. In this edition, you’ll find 10 articles you won’t want to miss, my 5 favorite smartphone travel apps, and much more. Let’s get started…

This month, we lead with our regular and oft-clicked feature. From my Instapaper account to your email inbox, here are 10 recent articles that got me thinking.

The mistake 90% of Harvard MBAs Make During their Startup Pitch (Quartz) — What holds for journalists holds equally for entrepreneurs: Don’t bury the lede. Other good advice: “Pitching to people already in your corner is not real life.”

I Filled a Job You Didn’t Know You Had (Ere.net) — Don’t ask for a resumé. Ask for a “job proposal memo” — in which a candidate explains what he or she “will accomplish in the first 30-60-90 days in a given role.”

How Olympians Stay Motivated (The Atlantic) — What distinguishes successful athletes? They’re intrinsically motivated and love practice as much as competition.

On Breaking One’s Neck (New York Review of Books) — Arnold Relman, who taught at Harvard Medical School and edited The New England Journal of Medicine, has studied health care his entire life. Then he broke his neck, ended up in the hospital, and saw how the system really worked.

A Simple Daily Intervention Decreases Employee Stress (HBR blog) — Stress dropped dramatically when people took 10 minutes to write about 3 things that went well that day.

For Smaller Projects, Rent an M.B.A. (Wall Street Journal) — Management consulting enters Free Agent Nation.

Life in the Nineties (New Yorker) — The great Roger Angell describes what it really feels like to be 93.

Disrupting the Diploma — LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman explains why the sheepskin is outdated and how a faster, cheaper, dynamic diploma should take its place.

You Can Already Code — You Just Don’t Know It Yet (Medium) — “Thinking that coding is the nerdy IT guy at work rebooting your computer is like thinking that music is what happens when the piano tuner comes around.

What if the annoyances of conference calls happened in real-life meetings? (Tripp & Tyler) — A 4-minute video for all of us who’ve suffered through this bane of working life.


For a bunch of projects, I’m looking for examples of organizations (companies, non-profits, schools) that have put in place any of the ideas from Drive. Maybe you’ve organized a FedEx Day. Or conducted an autonomy audit. Or done the “Whose Purpose is It Anyway?” exercise. If that’s you, could you take two minutes to describe what you’re doing on this simple form? Then I’ll be in touch. Thanks.

Like many of you, I find myself relying more and more on my smartphone and a little less on my laptop. That’s especially true when traveling. So over the past 6 weeks, I’ve looked at my travel behavior and found that these 5 smartphone apps are the ones that have been most valuable to me when traveling:

1. FlightTrack ($4.99) — I’ve tried most of the apps that provide information on flight times, delays, gate changes, and so forth. This one isn’t perfect — I actually prefer its simpler predecessor — but it’s still my favorite.

2. GateGuru (Free) — Anybody like eating at airports? Didn’t think so. But sometimes we’re stuck. And this app, on which you can find eateries and stores at any airport, helps make the best of a bad situation. (It has other features, too, but in my single-minded quest for food, I haven’t used them).

3. Clear (£2.99) — This is an awesomely simple To-do list app.  I rarely use it in my office, but always use it on the road.

4. Airline apps (Free) — Every airline now has its own app. But to my amazement, the very best one belongs to United. (United leading the way? I know. It’s shocking).

5. Dropbox (Freemium) — Whenever I travel, Dropbox is my copilot.


1. Drive Workshops are now going strong in Canadathe UK, and Brazil.  Wherever you are in the world, check them out.

2. Office Hours has begun a new season. Our first episode talks with Stanford’s Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao about one of the most urgent questions in business: How can we get the good stuff to scale?  On upcoming episodes, we’ve got Penn’s Jonah Berger explaining how to make ideas contagious (premiers March 13) and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone revealing the secrets to his success (premiers April 1).

3. We’ve just published a great — and free — To Sell is Human discussion guide.  Use it with your book club or your team

That’s it for now. As always, thanks for subscribing to our humble newsletter.

Daniel Pink

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