[Foundation-l] encouraging women's participation

Marc Riddell michaeldavid86 at comcast.net
Sat Jun 19 21:29:01 UTC 2010

on 6/19/10 4:58 PM, Keegan Peterzell at keegan.wiki at gmail.com wrote:

> There was a great TED speech that I need to look up but don't have the time
> for at the moment.  The premise of the presentation is that studies have
> shown time and time again that things like games, prizes, awards and other
> measures of gratitude are only temporary measures to increase motivation.
> The folks that work for you that are the truly motivated ones and believers
> in the process do not ask for these rewards.  A pat on the back and a "good
> job, thanks for your work because I value it very much" occasionally is the
> only true recognition that is needed.  The other fluff only inspires
> distraction from the goal because it's creating other little goals which, in
> turn, become more important than the end result.

Yes! Prizes denote direct competition as in sports or, more subtly, with the
science & arts awards.

Person-to-person affirmation goes a very long way; and is what collaboration
& community should be based upon. Give them the climate, and they will give
you the culture.

Marc Riddell

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