Teresa Amabile

Creativity, Productivity, and the Psychology of Everyday Work Life

The Progress Principle Reviews & Endorsements

The Progress Principle just might be the most important business book I’ve ever read. Through compelling stories and research, Amabile and Kramer show how the joy of doing intriguing work and making persistent progress on a daily basis are the true paths to greatness. The book is chock-full of tips, tactics, and tricks that every leader, entrepreneur, investor, and individual contributor can put to work right away.”

–Robert I. Sutton, professor, Department of Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, and author of Good Boss, Bad Boss

“As leaders, we need to be sensitive and accountable for the impact we have on the quality of our people’s work life. The best leaders create a path for people to be successful and motivated by their work. This book provides a road map for what great leaders do intuitively.”

–Anne Mulcahy, former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

“What if management wasn’t what you were taught? What if 95 percent of managers got it wrong—way wrong? Rooted in new science, this book surprised me and will surprise you. It’s a feast of simple how-to’s anyone can use to inspire joy, pride, and performance in those they lead. Are you a leader? Do you want to be? Then stop what you’re doing and read this stunning revision to the rules of management proven by rich new data never before available.”

–Scott Cook, Cofounder, Intuit Inc

“This is an amazing book—I loved all of it. The amount and type of data is unparalleled, and the conclusions explosive. Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer give us an unprecedented look at what exactly makes teams successful. What they have found should interest just about anyone.”

–Frans Johansson, author, The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures

“Amabile and Kramer have a reliable habit of unlocking crucial insights into the human mind that have deep implications for business. In The Progress Principle, they demonstrate how the everyday interactions people have at their jobs can turn an ordinary workday into a life’s work.”

–Craig B. Wynett, Vice President, Procter & Gamble

"The Progress Principle helps define and clarify how managers can improve the creativity and productivity of their employees and work teams. Amabile and Kramer get at the heart of how important the ‘inner work life’ is to any person in any job. The principles and concepts presented in this book are backed by extensive real world research, which provides unique insights that will enhance the leadership skills of every manager.”

–Richard Seaman, Chairman and CEO, Seaman Corporation