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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (130 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer Narrator: Sharon Williams Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455892372
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 1/18/2014

    " I found this book really hard to read and get interested in. I would say that true HR focused individuals would likely find this book more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/14/2014

    " Every manager and organizational leader should read this book. Great insights on how to build a culture where people are happy and productive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 1/12/2014

    " Badly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bojana Duke | 12/19/2013

    " Great concept and interesting examples. I only wish it focused more on what we can do as individuals rather than managers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Shanahan | 12/5/2013

    " I would really give it 2 1/2 stars. The book offers and confirms what I have read in the past. I skipped past the "other" stories because I am personally tired of this style of writing and skipped to the practical pieces. I wish the stories were shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Cantrall | 11/12/2013

    " Well-researched and thought out position on how to enable employees and coworkers to optimize achievement and happiness. Looks to be a fair bit that I can immediately with my team. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Stepper | 10/2/2013

    " A surprisingly simple book that seems to overplay the research underpinning it. (The authors analyzed journal entries of a few hundred people and focused on a few teams. Not exactly amazing science.) Still, the main assertion, that a manager's main task is to enable progress every day, is useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Filiz Aktan | 9/14/2013

    " For the general idea how the companies either go up or down, the book is quite good. On the other hand, I felt like the information in the book is exaggerated. Generally, It is easy to read and clear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/7/2013

    " Not bad. It's research, so it takes a while before we get to any practical bits. Once we did get into the meat of it though, there were lots of insights into how managers can cultivate productive work in their teams. I wish I had read this five years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/5/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book! Research was fascinating, and great insight into what contributes (and doesn't) to positive inner work life. Also reminded me of the power of journalling...which can take many forms, even something as simple as a tweet or a FB post. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 4/18/2013

    " An enlightening book! I learned some new things that are extremely helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/22/2013

    " Excellent research-based book on helping staff move forward in their work in a nurturing way. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Greenwood | 2/3/2013

    " OC Business Book Club Selection--concepts worth the read --Harvard Blog recapped. Lots of anecdotes make it miss in flow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Chapman | 7/20/2012

    " Great book, I really enjoyed the simplicity of the book backed up by the study data. The way the authors define and describe "the inner work life" throughout the book makes so much sense. Read this book. "

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About the Author

Tereas Amabile is a professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School. The author of numerous articles and books, she has long studied creativity, motivation, and performance in the workplace.

About the Narrator

Sharon Williams is a stage actress and freelance on-camera and voice talent. She has appeared in many productions in Kalamazoo-area theaters. She has also played a role on TV’s Unsolved Mysteries. Sharon and her husband have one son, an aspiring photographer and rock musician.