Cool story on NPR yesterday: an interview with Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality, about how effective money is as a motivator. More money, more motivation? Sometimes. More money, less achievement? Also true: we're more likely to choke when the stakes are high.
And how important is it to see our work last? Ariely devised a fiendish experiment about that, too.
If you have eight minutes, listen to the interview. It's fun, and there are surprises lurking.