What Makes us Feel Good About our Work?

Dan Ariely's TED talk on what makes us feel good about work highlights several points that are often raised in conversation with other pros and practitioners, especially in the last couple of years.

  • most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose
  • when we put effort into something, we like to see it realized, or at a minimum share it with others
  • ignoring people's performance is almost as bad as shredding their effort in front of their eyes

Watch the video to learn which experiments Ariely used to answer: What motivates us to work? This is good information for making connections — unless we do the work to build those bridges, we don't value them as much. 

Now think about the online chit/chat and the casualness of it all. How much is a lack of commitment and care in nurturing relationships affecting your ability to make true connections?

I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Ariely at SxSW a few years back. His insights on why revenge is so important to us provided much needed perspective in my work in social networks.


[hat tip Dan Pink]


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