What really sets the best managers above the rest? It's their power to build a cadre of employees who have great inner work lives-consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. The worst managers undermine inner work life, often unwittingly. As Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer explain in "The Progress Principle", seemingly mundane workday events can make or break employees' inner work lives. But it's forward momentum in meaningful work-progress-that creates the best inner work lives. Through rigorous analysis of nearly 12,000 diary entries provided by 238 employees in 7 companies, the authors explain how managers can foster progress and enhance inner work life every day. The book shows how to remove obstacles to progress, including meaningless tasks and toxic relationships. It also explains how to activate two forces that enable progress: (1) catalysts-events that directly facilitate project work, such as clear goals and autonomy-and (2) nourishers-interpersonal events that uplift workers, including encouragement and demonstrations of respect and collegiality. Brimming with honest examples from the companies studied, "The Progress Principle" equips aspiring and seasoned leaders alike with the insights they need to maximize their people's performance.
About the Author
Teresa Amabile (Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award) is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and also a director of research at the School. Well-known for her work on creativity, she has recently focused more broadly on organizational life and its influence on people and their performance.
Amabile is the author and co-author of a number of books, including her most recent, The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work (2011). In The Progress Principle, Amabile shows how apparently insignificant everyday events in the workplace can affect the working lives and the performance of individuals. The book draws on the findings from a long running multi-study research program, including analysis of some 12,000 diary-entries from over 200 employees in seven companies.
Previous books by Amabile include Creativity in Context: Update to the Social Psychology of Creativity (1996), and Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity (1989).