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The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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In The Progress Principle, Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer have provided an inspiring combination of solid scientific research and management insight. They have succeeded in bringing to life a new paradigm in management, fully supported and elegantly presented.” Research-Technology Management
This practical orientation for managers makes the book an important resource for organizations experiencing a decline in productivity and employee engagement.” CHOICE Magazine
Filled with honest, real-life examples, compelling insights, and practical advice, The Progress Principle equips aspiring and seasoned leaders alike with the guidance they need to maximize people’s performance.” - Innovation Watch
"The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer is a masterpiece of evidence-based managementthe strongest argument I know that "the big things are the little things." A masterpiece every manager should have...I believe it is one of the most important business books ever written." Bob Sutton
The book...is one of the best business books I’ve read in many years.” Daniel Pink
But in singling out one book that offers the most important message for managers this year, I recommend The Progress Principle. The breakthrough in knowledge it provides makes it my choice as best business book of the year. This a pioneering work on employee engagement, with lots of memorable examples culled from those in-the-trenches diary entries.” The Globe and Mail
You will never return to the older and outmoded theories of employee motivation again.” Blog Business World
When Bob Sutton, a leading management professor at Stanford University, says a new book just might be the most important business book I’ve ever read,” the rest of us should take notice. Sutton is right. The Progress Principle is...fantastic. I am a big fan of this book, and I have decided to make it one of the alternate end-of-semester book assignments for the master’s students in my introductory public management course this fall.” Steve Kelman, Federal Computer Week
This is the roadmap to how to create progress, even baby steps through small wins, and therefore create a culture that supports a meaningful and joyful inner work life”, which is the secret to great leadership and harnessing the best of employee psychology.” Innovative Influence (Suzi Pomerantz's Blog)
Those who appreciate the work of people like Dan Pink (Drive), Chip Conley (Peak) should seriously consider adding The Progress Principle as the third member of a very compelling trio of books offering just about everything you need to know about tapping the deepest wells of human creative performance.” Matthew E. May, Guru Forum (American Express)
the authors have done a good job in reminding us all that "it’s people, stupid" who lie at the heart of successful organisations.” Nita Clarke, People Management Magazine (UK)
This book is a must read for those wants to be good leaders (or those wishing they worked for one).” - LeaderLab
It’s a clear guide that can help managers with a potentially challenging and frustrating task.”- 800CEOREAD
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Every knowledge worker would benefit from a better understanding of the components and dynamics of their "Inner Work Life" - i.e. gaining insights into how certain "Emotions", "Motivations" and "Perceptions" interact.
People managers can apply the Progress Principle to accomplish more, with higher certainty, and less friction - i.e. "... to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of each individual", as the authors aptly quoted Peter Drucker. "The daily progress checklist, TABLE 8 - 1", gives managers an excellent reference for studiously avoiding "Setbacks", "Inhibitors" and "Toxins", while orchestrating "Progress" and managing the "Catalyst" and "Nourishment" factors. The relationships between front line managers and their direct reports constitute the points of maximum focus and leverage for talent management. Moreover, these same points are where the responsibility for progress and results already resides - i.e. affording tremendous potential for thoughtful and purposeful talent management initiatives, born of enlightened self-interest.
Business leaders should internalize The Progress Principle and the implications of both the positive and negative forms of The Progress Loop. Great leaders routinely make substantial and universally positive contributions to what the authors call the "main climate forces" of "Consideration", "Coordination" and "Communication".
Upper-middle managers should become subject matter experts in the knowhow of The Progress Principle, in order capably mentor front-line managers and insightfully advise business leaders. This notion borrows from Ikujiro Nonoka's Middle-Up-Down management concepts.
HR Professionals should embrace The Progress Principle insights to help shape organizational policies, procedures and practices in directions that foster positive Progress Loop forms and curtail negative forms.
The Progress Principle complements other thought leaders' talent management contributions, superbly, and adds special value with its direct linkage to in-depth empirical research. Moreover, The Progress Principle evidences the simplicity, transparency and accountability that successful talent management initiatives demand, while leaving ample room for individual people managers to apply their specific strengths and knowledge to the orchestration of progress.
Well done Teresa and Steven!
I have used the lessons from this book with the art of deliberate practice to inspire my teams. Little step taken each day can move any mountain & inspiration will drive people to achieve highest level of performance.
Anything less would be less filling :)
The overall methodology of this and the personal diary entries give a very different insight about how people think. It's probably something not many managers really think about on a daily basis. I know I never used to.
So overall, I really recommend this book. I think it's a really light read but will definitely chanege most readers' view of how they handle their people.
This book, like Peter Senge's the Fifth Discipline, has changed how I work.
Every manager and team leader should get a copy, and every organization should make It recoomended reading.