When Society Stops Rewarding Industry, We See Galtism

Following up on what motivates us to work and create, I want to point out a few cases of “Galtism” in current events. (As background, John Galt is a character in Atlas Shrugged who leaves society when it stops rewarding his ingenuity and hard work.) First, a letter from Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president […]

Presentation matters to motivation

I’ve recently been pondering how to motivate workers. I’m mostly interested in how to motivate volunteers in a nonprofit organization — a “cause”. Just a day after writing about it, I found a section in Made to Stick with good insight: We may mistakenly think that people are motivated by the pursuit of baser needs, […]

How to motivate workers

Not everyone agrees on how to motivate workers. I’m still trying to decide which of these ideas sounds most correct: Charles Coonradt, author of The Game of Work, gives five reasons why games are better than jobs: 1. Feedback is much more frequent in games, 2. there’s always a score to “reinforce the behavior you […]