Amy Wryzesniewski is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. Her research on how people make meaning of their work has been published in a wide range of top academic journals and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Forbes, Time, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, and The Economist, as well as best-selling books such as Drive by Daniel Pink, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler. Amy earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in psychology. She received her PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.
Stew and Amy talk about the different ways people construe their work — either as a job, a career, or a calling — and why the latter is most beneficial.
They discuss Amy’s fascinating research on how people in almost any work role are motivated to create meaning in their work by crafting it, transforming it, into a calling, in which there is at least some element of service to others.
Amy describes some ideas for how anyone can do this and thereby enrich not only their work but other parts of their lives, too.