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The Progress Principle


Pay attention. What follows could be life/organization/team CHANGING.

On an all-night flight to Ireland, I read one of my favorite ‘magazines’, ROTMAN, cover to cover.

I love this quarterly publication from the University of Toronto and Roger Martin, design-thinker to the best leaders in the world.

THE PROGRESS PRINCIPLE: Optimizing Inner Work Life to Create Value.

*“Inner work life is the constant stream of emotions, perceptions and motivations that people experience (during) the work day.”

Inner Work Life‘ is (obviously) a huge part of a team member’s (aka associate, employee, staff, Googler, or whatever) contribution to success.

Here are the 3 biggest forces identified by the authors as the most potent forces that support ‘Inner Work Life’:

    1. PROGRESS. Making progress in meaningful work.
    2. CATALYSTS. Receiving catalysts, things that directly help get the work done.
    3. NOURISHMENT. Benefiting from interpersonal (nourishing) events that uplift people at work.

Authors Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer have put together a compelling case on the benefits of understanding, and impacting, your team’s ‘Inner Work Life‘!

*Article adapted from THE PROGRESS PRINCIPLE.