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Progress Principle

  1. 1. The Progress Principle Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D. www.bretlsimmons.com Presentation for Leadership Douglas County November 15, 2011
  2. 2. Evidence-Based Management
  3. 3. Person +Environment (system) = Behavior
  4. 4. Behavior at Work Person System BehaviorPersonality Policies Helping Attitudes Procedures Civility Values Equipment TardinessPerceptions Hiring Absenteeism Emotions Training Turnover Motivation Staffing Participation Rewards Preparation Performance Performance Evaluation Supervision Daily Events
  5. 5. Inner Work Life Effect:“People do better work when they are happy, havepositive views of the organization and its people, andare motivated primarily by the work itself.” (p, 47)
  6. 6. Inner Work Life System Perceptions/thoughts Emotions/feelings (Sensemaking about (Reactions to workday events) workday events) • The organization • Positive emotions • Managers, self, team • Negative emotions • The work • Overall mood • Sense ofWorkday accomplishment IndividualEvents Performance Motivation/drive (Desire to do the work) • What do to • How to do it • When to do it • Whether to do it Amiable, T & Kramer, S. (2011). The Progress Principle
  7. 7. Key Points• Even seemingly mundane events – such as small wins and minor setbacks – can exert potent influence on inner work life• Negative events are more powerful than positive events, all else being equal
  8. 8. Daily progress doing meaningful work
  9. 9. Catalysts/Inhibitors:Events supporting the work
  10. 10. Nourishment/Toxins: Events supporting the person
  11. 11. Team Leaders /Immediate Supervisors
  12. 12. Whatever your level in the organization … you bear some responsibility for the inner work lives of the people around you (p. 181)
  13. 13. Focus on daily progress in meaningful work
  14. 14. How do we change how people behave at work?
  15. 15. Your Questions
  16. 16. The Progress PrincipleBret L. Simmons, Ph.D.www.bretlsimmons.com simmonsb@unr.edu (775) 336-9576

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