The Third & The Seventh

February 8, 2010

Scary good CG. Turn on HD and fullscreen.

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What *really* motivates workers?: – Barking up the wrong tree

February 8, 2010

Making progress:

Ask leaders what they think makes employees enthusiastic about work, and they’ll tell you in no uncertain terms. In a recent survey we invited more than 600 managers from dozens of companies to rank the impact on employee motivation and emotions of five workplace factors commonly considered significant: recognition, incentives, interpersonal support, support for making progress, and clear goals. “Recognition for good work (either public or private)” came out number one.

Unfortunately, those managers are wrong.

Having just completed a multiyear study tracking the day-to-day activities, emotions, and motivation levels of hundreds of knowledge workers in a wide variety of settings, we now know what the top motivator of performance is—and, amazingly, it’s the factor those survey participants ranked dead last. It’s progress. On days when workers have the sense they’re making headway in their jobs, or when they receive support that helps them overcome obstacles, their emotions are most positive and their drive to succeed is at its peak. On days when they feel they are spinning their wheels or encountering roadblocks to meaningful accomplishment, their moods and motivation are lowest.

Nice.

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The Village – Porch Scene HD LOVE STORY!!

February 8, 2010

“I do not worry what will happen. Only what needs to be done.”

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Gerard Alexander: Why are liberals so condescending? – washingtonpost.com

February 8, 2010

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension.

I wish my opponents thought my views were “wrong” instead of “obviously wrong, and probably evil.” That is how I feel about theirs.

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Summation: five random secrets to being happy

February 8, 2010
  • Think positively about things
  • Get enough sleep
  •  Do at least a little physical exercise
  • Get at least a little sun
  • Smile a lot
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    Don’t Feed the Animals: Reading Report: The Road to Serfdom

    February 8, 2010

    Staring at the cover, I tried to predict the contents, imagining myself with a smirk as I flipped each page, acknowledging and disagreeing with every point. By the time I finished reading the second chapter, this was no longer the case.

    I guess I should read it as well.