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What motivates employees? As a manager, you need to know why people come to work every day, what makes them stay - and what drives them to perform at their best. According to Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, the best leaders are able to build a cadre of employees who have satisfying inner work lives: consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. To do this, you must create forward momentum in meaningful work - and steer clear of the obstacles that undermine inner work life.

Through rigorous analysis of nearly 12,000 diary entries provided by hundreds of employees in several different organizations, Amabile and Kramer explain how you can foster progress and enhance your people’s inner work life every day - in the process boosting long-term creative productivity. The book shows how you can remove common barriers to progress, such as meaningless tasks and toxic relationships, and emphasizes how these factors can disrupt employees’ inner work lives.

The Progress Principle also explains how you can activate two forces that enable progress: “catalysts” - events that directly facilitate project work, such as clear goals and autonomy; and “nourishers” - interpersonal events that uplift workers, including encouragement and demonstrations of respect and collegiality.

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.

©2011 Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Essential reading for people managers

Blows the lid off old skool tough management styles and how ineffective they really are. If you want to manage people well, read this.

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  • M. DEVINNEY
  • 26-06-12

Soft skills do translate into hard dollars!

I would recommend this to anyone looking for ways to improve their team's (or even their own) performance. The first step to getting the ball rolling in maximizing performance and creativity is to recognize that there is an important metric to keep track of your "inner work life". This is essentially the song that you hear in your head as you think about your work and those you work with that amplifies or attenuates performance and creativity levels. In addition to the explanations of the methodology and descriptions of the work environments surveyed, there is some really practical advice for motivating your team and yourself to perform at the highest levels possible.

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  • Jennifer
  • 14-03-18

Met Expectations

The data and the book met my expectations regarding tips and tools to build a more productive and healthier team (as well as internal productivity and health.)
I did find it less enjoyable to listen to fake names and a fake company (okay real people and a real company with the names replaced). I am now so accustomed to books transparently digging into companies it felt very "college course" a d I became less engaged. Further, and oddly, I feel the narrator changed her tone when reasons a woman's journal entry to sound whiney and complaining. When reading a similar man's journal entry her tone was changed to sound forthright and direct. it was off putting.

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  • FitFemale
  • 13-01-18

A Must For Any Leader

This book was a game-changer for me. Providing scientific validation to my instincts & a roadmap for best practices. Highly recommended!

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  • NSchmitz
  • 08-08-17

should have read, not listened to, this one

An interesting topic that was presented rather dryly with repeated statements. I think reading the book would have been better than trying to listen to it. consistent reference to the research process and frequent in the next chapter comments.

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  • Morton T Saunders JR
  • 29-06-16

Serve others and Win at Inner Work

I found The Progress Principle to be profound in its insights to Managing/ Leading People, through a rich understanding development of Inner Work. I think this book is a must read for anyone who works or lives with people. Read the book. Better yet, Audible the book and have it read to you!!

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  • Carol Quigley
  • 07-05-15

Powerful and Educational

It was great be reminded of the importance of positive reinforcements during the work day.

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  • Craig
  • 21-05-15

Could be cut in half

Designed to be scan read with lots of ideas repeated again and again and again.

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