Autonomy, Complexity and Relationship between Effort and Reward

January 2, 2024

Caffeinated Thought of the Week:

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell uses stories from an apron business owner to The Beatles to show how work needs three qualities to be satisfying and fulfilling.   

  1. Autonomy - Are you given some control to make decisions on your own?
  2. Complexity - Are you challenged?
  3. Relationship between Effort and Reward - There has to be some way to track progress or to define success.

Quote of the Week:

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.” - Malcolm Gladwell from Outliers

Reflection of the Week:

What are you currently doing for “work”? - student, church coordinator, music instructor, engineer, food broker, athlete 
Are there Gladwell’s three aspects to your work? If not, what needs to change to find this in your current role?

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