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What Makes Work Meaningful - Or Meaningless
Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden

New research offers insights into what gives work meaning — as well as into common management mistakes that can leave employees feeling that their work is meaningless.

MIT Sloan Management Review 
9 Out of 10 People Are Willing to Earn Less Money to Do More-Meaningful Work
Shawn Achor and Andrew Reece 

In his introduction to Working, the landmark 1974 oral history of work, Studs Terkel positioned meaning as an equal counterpart to financial compensation in motivating the American worker.

Harvard Business Review  
Summary of Maslow on Self-Transcendence.
Messerly, J. G.
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Maslow amended his model near the end of his life, and so the conventional portrayal of his hierarchy is incomplete. In his later thinking, he argued that there is a higher level of development, what he called self-transcendence. 

Reason and Meaning
Imposing ‘meaningful work’ leads to staff burnout
Catherine Bailey 

Strategies to boost staff performance and morale by manipulating our desire for meaningful work often achieve the opposite - damaging organisations and alienating employees – a new study suggests

University of Sussex
Of the three Viennese schools of psychotherapy and the way we manage people
Nicolas Dumoulin
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Strolling through the street of Vienna, you’ll be reminded that the Austrian capital city is the birthplace of psychoanalysis and therefore probably contributed like no other city has to the development of psychology and psychotherapy.

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Meaningful work, work engagement and organisational commitment
Madelyn Geldenhuys

Meaningful work can yield benefits for organisations and lead to positive work outcomes such as satisfied, engaged and committed employees, individual and organisational fulfillment, productivity, retention and loyalty. 

Harvard Business Review  
 
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THE BESTSELLING CLASSIC ON 'FLOW' – THE KEY TO UNLOCKING MEANING, CREATIVITY, PEAK PERFORMANCE, AND TRUE HAPPINESS

by Daniel Coyle
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Talent Code unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides tomorrow’s leaders with the tools to build a cohesive, motivated culture.

by Martin E. P. Seligman 
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From the bestselling author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness comes “a relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness” (Kirkus Reviews).

by Simon Sinek 
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n 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.

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In her instant, multi-month New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).

by Tom Rath 
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Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?  Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. 

 
 
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