The Power of Meaning in Work

The Power of Meaning in Work

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The Power of Meaning in Work

Really worthwhile read on the need for meaning in work. I ran a mission-driven technology consulting firm for ten years, and we were routinely able to not just hire, but meaningfully engage over many years, people who were paid substantially less than market rate. They did this because it was a great place to work and because their work really meant something.

From the article:

Money does not tap into the essence of human motivation so much as transform it. When money is made the measure of all things, it becomes the measure of all things.

I’m not advocating poor pay, by the way. In the case of the organization I used to run, we were focused on bringing cutting edge technology to environmental organizations who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford it. That out us in a market where it was harder to charge high rates, and we supplemented this with revenues from philanthropy. When we lost staff to higher-paying competitors, it was typically when they’d started a family and began to weigh the long-term cost of raising kids (education, in particular).

People need to be able to take care of themselves and their loved ones. If you can help them to solve that and help them to find meaning, the workplace truly is transformed.

#mission #meaning #futureofwork


  1. Beautifully stated, Gideon Rosenblatt​!

  2. Thanks Manuel Saint-Victor. 

  3. Thank you for circulating this. I loved the article! Just substitute grades for pay/wages and you have a perfect piece on the state of education today also.

  4. Thanks Laura Gibbs. I wouldn’t have made that connection, but it makes total sense. Intrinsic versus extrinsic motivators. 

  5. Should have included this in the post itself, but for those who are interested in this stuff and haven’t read Daniel Pink’s “Drive” – it’s a great read. 

  6. I like this article. Thanks

  7. Gideon Rosenblatt Pink’s motto of autonomy, mastery, and purpose is exactly what we need in education. Such a great book! 🙂

  8. Wonderful read and good for thought! Food, shelter, clothing and entertainment are critical to life! Entertainment is education and all that sparks a human to open their eyes and look beyond their stance.

  9. Glad you liked it, Michael Shane David. 

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