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The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work Audio Download – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
The information, insights, and recommendations that Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer provide in this book are research-driven -- based on real people in real-world situations -- and thus have a legitimacy that would not otherwise be credible. The authors collected data from 238 professionals on 26 project teams who reported their day-to-day workplace experiences in seven companies. Analyzing the 12,000 daily electronic diaries they gathered, the authors obtained answers to two "burning" questions: "How do positive and negative work environments arise?" and "How do they affect people's creative problem solving?" The revelations are shared in this book. Here are three that were of greatest interest to me.

First, what Amabile and Kramer characterize as "Inner Work Life" is the confluence of perceptions, emotions, and motivations that individuals experience as they react to and make sense of the events of their workday. "Inner work life is inner because it goes on inside each person...It is work because that is both where it arises - at the office - and what it is about - what people do...[and it is life] because it is an ongoing, inevitable part of the human experience at work every day." The challenge for leaders is to determine how to create and then sustain workplace conditions -- at all levels and in all areas -- that will foster positive emotions, strong internal motivation, and favorable perceptions of colleagues and the work itself. "Great inner work life is about the work, not the accoutrements...As inner work life goes, so goes the company...Work-related psychological benefits for employees translate into performance benefits for the company...and the best way to motivate people, day in and day out, is by facilitating progress - even small wins.
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Really helpful ideas about motivating , recognising and rewarding peolpe. I've already put some into practice - at weekly team meetings, I now ask everyone to tell us one positive from the previous week when they say what their agenda is for the coming week. Encouraging self-reflection as a manager is helpful too, as are the checklists.
It could have been a slighlty lighter read, and some of the exmaples were a bit over-used, hence four rather than five stars.
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An easy read but a worthwhile book to be on your shelves. Nothing difficult in recognising many of the examples referred to in this book and apply them in practice.
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The central idea is well established and expounded, that small progress markers can turn the tide of morale and contribute to a win greater than the sum of its parts. Useful for the reflective worker/manager.
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Husband and wife research psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer wanted to explain how positive and negative work environments evolve and how they affect employees' "creative problem solving." The authors elicited daily diary entries from 238 people working in three industries at seven different companies. Respondents rated their work lives and described "positive, negative or neutral" events. The authors link "inner work life" and performance, and then relate case studies to provide guidelines for facilitating progress. getAbstract recommends this significant, revealing - though occasionally dry - book to leaders at every level.
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