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What motivates us at work? More than money

What motivates us at work? More than money
“When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely (TED Talk: What makes us feel good about our work?) “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.” Instead, when you look carefully at the way people work, he says, you find out there’s a lot more at play — and at stake — than money. Ariely provides evidence that we are also driven by the meaningfulness of our work, by others’ acknowledgement — and by the amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are. “When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.,” Ariely says.

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Steve Ball : Seattle Guitar Circle: 1998 Circulation Project Notes Over the past few months, a small team of Seattle guitarists have been meeting on Saturday mornings to explore what might come next for us as individuals and as a community of aspiring musicians. As we meet to explore new ways to work together, a number of the variables in the air include some ground that was explored (initially) almost seventeen years ago, so I thought it may be useful to dig out some notes from our work back in those days as reference. One of the emerging ‘containers for group improvisation’ included a group practice known as “Follow the Leader” – a sort of analog delay. Here are my notes from the first meeting of a five week Circulation Project that I initiated years ago during another transition in Seattle Guitar Circle history. Seattle Guitar Circle 1998 Circulation Project Meeting #1: Transmission of Quantity Saturday September 5th, 1998 1416 Evergreen Point Road, Medina

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