Daniel Pink: Everything is Timing

Share this post:

Big Takeaways from this Episode:

  • Timing is an art and a science. The passage of time and timing of some events in our lives can feel chaotic and out of control. But there are patterns that exist beneath the surface that can be studied and harnessed.
  • There are patterns of timing at different levels – patterns that govern our days, our projects and even our lives.
  • Once these hidden tides of time are called to our attention, we can use our newfound knowledge to consciously use time to our advantage.

I was fortunate to have opportunity to interview Daniel Pink for the Disrupt Yourself podcast shortly before the publication of his awesome new book (released last week!), When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. You’ll want to listen to the podcast (and read the book), so I’ll limit the spoilers here, but it was fascinating to get the inside scoop on the research that went into the book and the discoveries that came out of it. Who knew that our biological clock and circadian rhythm, internal ticking unheard and pendulum swinging unseen, were so influential in the decisions we make, and the outcomes of initiatives we undertake? Whether hours of the day or stages of life, there are fascinating insights into the way time shapes our lives at our fingertips in When.


Design Your Day – When to Perform Your Most Important Tasks

Enter your name and email below to receive this free content upgrade.

In addition, Dan has a disruptor’s interesting history to share—from mid-town, mid-state, mid-country Ohio boy, to linguistics undergrad, to law school to political speech-writing and on to full-fledged author and thought leader; the career trajectory has a logical flow, despite being unplanned. The beauty of discovery-driven disruption!

“I’m not sure I had a plan. I’d always though that I’d go to law school because that’s what you did. My parents encouraged me to do that because it would give you some kind of security.”

His political speech-writing rose as high as Al Gore, Vice President of the United States. I thought that must have felt pretty glamorous and influential. It had its moments, Dan agrees, but “in general, the day-to-day, the ground truth of what it was like to work day-to-day was just like a constant grind. Constant.”

More insights and surprises; tune in and listen to the full episode below or on iTunes, and click here to download the complete transcript of our conversation.

Resources Mentioned in the Show and Transcript

Sponsored by Harvard Business Review and HBR Ideacast

Daniel Pink

Thinkers50 2017 Ranking

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

Dan Pink's TED Talk – The Puzzle of Motivation

The Crown on Netflix

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Jonah Berger

Warren Buffett goal technique

La La Land

1 Second Everyday app

Dan Pink's Newsletter

Share this post:

Contact Us

Fill out this form and we will follow up to create a customized plan to help you build a smart growth organization.

Media & Press Inquiries

including requesting Whitney as a guest on your podcast

Media & Press Inquiries arrow_forward

Gain insight into growth, adaptability and agility

Download our free resources outlining the Accelerants of Growth—including books, podcasts and TEDtalks to help you move up your S Curve of Learning.