Making Progress Matters

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In The Progress Principle, Dr. Teresa Amabile tells us:

Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. As inner work life goes, so goes the company. We discovered that people are more creative and productive when they are deeply engaged in the work, when they feel happy, and when they think highly of their projects, coworkers, managers, and organizations. But there’s more. When people enjoy consistently positive inner work lives, they are also more committed to their work and more likely to work well with colleagues. In other words, work-related psychological benefits for employees translate into performance benefits for the company. Conventional management wisdom is way off track about employee psychology. When we surveyed hundreds of managers around the world, ranging from CEOs to project leaders, about what motivates employees, we found startling results: 95 percent of these leaders fundamentally misunderstood the most important source of motivation. Our research inside companies revealed that the best way to motivate people, day in and day out, is by facilitating progress—even small wins. But the managers in our survey ranked ‘supporting progress’ dead last as a work motivator. If you want them to perform at peak levels, you need to support their inner work lives. And you need to do it every day; that’s why a daily checklist can be a valuable tool.

Nice! “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.”

Double nice! “a daily checklist can be a valuable tool.”

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