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How to Be a Meaning-Giver: Why “Meaningful Work” is Everyone’s Job

Meaningful work is everyone’s job. Lisa had been a janitor for a decade when I asked her to describe a time when she experienced her work as especially meaningful. She needed just a few seconds to recall a moment, “This one has given me motivation ever since.” It wasn’t what I was expecting. She started, […]

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The Future of Work Must Be Meaningful

Humans will be replaced by smarter machines. Automation will drastically change the jobs that survive. The traditional notion of work organizations will be fragmented. These were the themes just three years ago from the 2016 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum and have since dominated “future of the workplace” reports, symposia, conferences, and “thought […]

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3 Practical Lessons for Achieving Goals from Work Motivation Research

It’s not surprising most of us at least think about setting a resolution at the beginning of a new year. We’re wired to be goal-setters. Psychologists call goals the language of the brain that directs the brain’s executive function. The executive function allows us to plan instead of being slaves to instincts (which is a […]

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