A less straightforward concern relates to the problem of why the task should be done.I have come to refer to this ‘why’ as the benevolent intent of the task.By standards I would understand what needs to be done, which would include a specification of both quality and quantity.Time has two significances here, namely that the person doing the task should be given sufficient time to do it, and that their leader should spend whatever time is required in order to provide the subordinate with the means, the ability and the accountability to do what is required of them.” The first category raises a list of things which one could call means.These are things that are not associated with either skill or knowledge.In the case of fishing these would include things such as a rod, reel, line, hooks, bait, authority to fish, a dam or fish resource and so on. Under ability, one would understand both the knowledge and skill of how to fish, as well as an understanding of why one should fish.
Meaningfulness is essentially about a sense of contribution.
Finally, authority would imply that people are allowed to do what is required of them.
As far as ability is concerned, the simplest category really relates to how the task should be done.
My brother Jerry frequently argues that if you took an average person, paid them three times the salary that they were getting currently but required them to sit in an empty room staring at the wall for 8 hours a day they probably would not accept the job.
The reason for this is that the task was inherently meaningless.