Archive for October, 2011

Catalysts And Inhibitors Affect Inner Work Life

October 30, 2011 7 Comments
Catalysts And Inhibitors Affect Inner Work Life

Thoughts, feelings, and motivations comprise an individual’s inner work life. Inner work life manifests in behaviors that matter at work – performance, citizenship, and withdrawal. Inner work life is driven by events at work – events that signify progress, events that support the work itself, and events that support the person doing the work. Events [...]

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Meaningful Progress: The Fundamental Management Principle

October 28, 2011 2 Comments
Meaningful Progress: The Fundamental Management Principle

The most effective way to affect the inner work life of those around you is to help them make daily progress in meaningful work. In their book “The Progress Principle,” Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer go so far as to say “any manager’s job description should start with facilitating subordinates’ daily progress.” (p. 89). They [...]

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Inner Work Life

October 23, 2011 9 Comments
Inner Work Life

I love the concept of inner work life from the book “The Progress Principle“. Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer describe inner work life as the “perceptions, emotions, and motivations that individuals experience as they react to and make sense of the events of their workday.” (p. 20). Based on the work of Richard Hackman, Ed [...]

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Book Review: The Progress Principle

October 19, 2011 6 Comments
Book Review: The Progress Principle

I first heard of “The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work” by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer at Bob Sutton’s blog, where he called it “a masterpiece every manager should own.” I got my copy of the book free from the publicist. I don’t think it is a [...]

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