Rewards & recognition

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Selfless acts

I suppose that most psychologists would argue that there is no such thing as true ‘selfless giving’ but I can think of one or two people I know that are extremely generous in mind and deed and who I would be inclined to call them ‘selfless’. To be clear, my definition of a ‘selfless giver’ is one who gives (or does) for others without any expectation of something in return.  To test the psychologists line of argument, let’s imagine a situation where you did a good deed for someone, without them even knowing it was you. What could the possible [...]

2018-10-18T07:41:56+00:000 Comments

How not to reward someone

I was driving to my quiet place this morning when I heard a very interesting story on the radio.  It was being told by Dan Ariely, a professor in psychology and behavioural economics. A few years ago Dan had met a locksmith whose clients were complaining about how much he charged. ‘It never used to be the case’, he had said.  ‘When I started out, I wasn’t very good at my job. When I was called to someone who had locked themselves out of their house, it used to take me quite a while to get them in.  Often, I [...]

2017-08-28T12:21:49+00:000 Comments