Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ex-Gore writer to speak at Lok Jack



Mark Fraser

 Motivational speaker Daniel Pink will deliver the feature address at this year’s Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB) Distinguished Leadership and Innovation Conference (DLIC).

Pink is an American leadership and motivational speaker and best-selling author who explores the topics of human behaviour, and ideas on motivation and drive, and the concept that the secret to high performance and satisfaction at work, school and home is the “deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn, create and do better by ourselves and our world”.

 He has been interviewed by TV personality Oprah Winfrey, and was the chief speech writer for former US vice-president Al Gore. 

“I consider myself a student of human behaviour. What I’ve found are two things: how consistently irrational people are and how good people are. We don’t make very good choices, like save for retirement or exercise and eat well, but we have understand how much people will do things because it is the right thing to do,” Pink told the audience via video chat at a special breakfast meeting yesterday at the GSB’s Mt Hope Campus. 

GSB executive director Prof Miguel Carillo said Pink’s ideas bring a view of human behaviour complementary to former presenters Malcolm Gladwell in 2012, who talked about “outliers” and the concept of positive deviance; and last year’s Marcus Buckingham, who spoke about how people can develop their skills and strengths over time. 

The DLIC will be held on April 10 at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad), Port of Spain. 

Registration is US$1,000. 

“We have 350 people already registered and paid; we are expecting 500. The series has really raised a lot of interest. These ideas are very relevant in the Caribbean because they serve as a sort of introspection on what moves us and if we can understand what drives us, how can we expect what drives others,” Carillo said.