The Progress Principle; Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

SHRM 2012 Annual Conference
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What really makes people happy, motivated, productive, and creative at work?
In Teresa Amabile's latest research, she's discovered the answer. It’s the Progress Principle: Of all the things that managers can do to engage their employees, the single most important is facilitating progress in meaningful work. Yet only 5% of managers realize the power of progress. Analyzing nearly 12,000 daily diaries from over 200 knowledge workers, Amabile discovered eleven specific actions that managers can take to catalyze progress and nourish employees’ motivation. Through this presentation, you will learn how to leverage the progress principle to achieve the dual goals of supporting employee well-being and igniting organizational innovation.

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Monday, June 25, 2012 - 1:45pm to 3:45pm

Teresa Amabile


Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School. Originally educated as a chemist, Amabile received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She studies how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. Amabile’s research encompasses creativity, productivity, innovation, and inner work life–the confluence of emotions, perceptions, and motivation that people experience as they react to events at work.

Amabile’s most recent discoveries appear in her book, The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. The book, based on research into over 12,000 daily diary entries from over 200 professionals inside organizations, illuminates how everyday events at work can impact employee engagement and creative productivity. To be published in August 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press, the book is co-authored with Amabile’s husband and collaborator, Steven Kramer, Ph.D. Amabile’s other books include Creativity in Context and Growing Up Creative.

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