Teresa Amabile – The Progress Principle

Teresa Amabile – The Progress Principle

The Progress Principle: How Small Wins Boost Motivation and Happiness at Work

In the latest episode, Aidan McCullen welcomes Teresa Amabile, author of ‘The Progress Principle,’ to delve into her extensive research on motivation and emotions in the workplace. 

Amabile’s study of nearly 12,000 diary entries from workers in seven companies reveals that making even small progress in meaningful work is crucial for positive emotions and high motivation. 

The conversation touches on key concepts like the role of clear goals, autonomy, sufficient resources, and the importance of supportive interpersonal events in fostering a productive work environment. The script also previews Amabile’s upcoming book, ‘Retiring: Creating a Life That Works for You,’ which explores the challenges and experiences of transitioning into retirement.

00:00 Unlocking Motivation: The Power of Progress

01:34 Welcome Teresa Amabile: Exploring The Progress Principle

02:52 From Work Progress to Retirement: A New Research Journey

09:43 The Progress Principle: Small Wins, Big Impact

10:56 Managers, Take Note: The Surprising Truth About Motivation

17:27 Catalysts and Nourishers: The Keys to Sustained Progress

29:25 Real-World Impact: Stories from the Research

41:30 The Inner Work-Life Effect: A Deep Dive into Research Findings

50:50 A Call to Action for Leaders and Individuals

51:24 Closing Thoughts and Future Works

Find Teresa here: https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6409

The Progress Principle here: https://www.progressprinciple.com

Tags: Aidan McCullen, Teresa Amabile, The Progress Principle, Inner Work Life, Creativity at Work, Employee Motivation, Small Wins, Positive Emotions, Innovation Management, Employee Engagement, Job Satisfaction, Workplace Psychology, Career Development, Retirement Planning, Work-Life Balance, Leadership Skills, Management Strategies, Team Building, Productivity, , Organizational Behavior


Howard Gardner: The Synthesizing Mind

In this episode of the Innovation Show, Howard Gardner, renowned for his theory of multiple intelligences, discusses his memoir ‘A Synthesizing Mind,’ recounting his life’s intellectual journey.

Gardner talks about his career, his passion for understanding intelligence, his work on ‘good work,’ and how modern innovations like large language models impact his theories.

George Glackin – Value Flows and Design Criteria Maps

This episode delves into the challenges corporate explorers face when introducing new business opportunities, emphasising the importance of crafting compelling value propositions. Featuring guest George Glackin, co-author of a chapter on value flows and design criteria maps, the discussion highlights these tools as essential for developing products or services that truly delight customers. Through the Swiffer Wet Jet case study, the effectiveness of these methodologies in real-world application is explored. Additionally, the episode covers the importance of overcoming the ‘curse of expertise’ and fostering diverse team collaboration to achieve innovation success. Sponsored by Wazoku, the episode advocates for connected collective intelligence in driving sustainable innovation ecosystems.

00:00 Introduction to Corporate Explorers and Value Propositions

00:43 Sponsor Spotlight: Wazoku’s Role in Innovation

01:29 Guest Introduction: George Glackin on Value Flows and Design Criteria Maps

01:41 The Genesis of Value Flows and Design Criteria Maps

03:26 The Curse of Expertise and Its Impact

05:05 Exploring the Value Flow with a Practical Example

05:57 Deep Dive into Design Criteria Maps

09:07 Applying the Framework: The Swiffer Wet Jet Case Study

13:17 Breaking Down Silos for Successful Product Development

15:34 The Importance of Validation and Scaling in Innovation

17:07 Closing Remarks and Contact Information

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