From NY Times Maga­zine: Orga­ni­za­tional psychology has long concerned itself with how to design work so that people will enjoy it and want to keep doing it. Tradi­tion­ally the thinking has been that employers should appeal to workers’ more obvious forms of self-interest: finan­cial incen­tives, yes, but also work that is inher­ently inter­esting or offers the possi­bility for career advance­ment. Adam Grant’s research, which has gener­ated broad interest in the study of rela­tion­ships at work and will be published for the first time for a popular audi­ence in his new book, “Give and Take,” starts with a premise that turns the thinking behind those theo­ries on its head. The greatest untapped source of moti­va­tion, he argues, is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contri­bu­tion of our work to other peoples’ lives has the poten­tial to make us more produc­tive than thinking about helping ourselves. · Go to Is giving the secret to getting ahead? →