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Back when Google was still considered a startup, companies from around the world would emulate their corporate culture.
They saw the surface items – the free food, ping pong tables and wifi shuttles – and put them in place in their companies too.
But they forgot to look under the hood, where the real culture lived. As Larry Page and Sergey Brin once said, “Our main benefit is a workplace with important projects, where employees can contribute and grow.”
As Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer tell us in the Progress Principle, the secret to great culture and performance is to create the conditions for great inner work life.
The conditions that help foster positive emotions, internal motivation, and favorable perceptions of colleagues and the work itself.
Their research revealed that the secret to amazing performance is empowering talented people to succeed at meaningful work.
There are 3 types of events that need to be in place in order to get this performance – progress (events signifying progress), catalysts (events supporting the work), and nourishers (events supporting the person.)
We’ll look at each in turn, but by far the most important of those three is progress. Hence the title of the book.
Let’s get started.