Summary of The Progress Principle
Copyright 2011 Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer
Summarized by permission of Harvard Business Review Press
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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.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why progress is a primary influence on people’s attitude toward their work,
- How employees’ “inner work lives” affect their performance, and
- What techniques managers can employ to facilitate progress and promote positive inner work lives.
About the Authors
Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile is a psychologist and research director. Researcher and consultant Steven Kramer is a developmental psychologist.
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2 years agoA must read for everyone in a leadership role.
4 years agoPretty good and usefull
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