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What Makes Meaningful Work to You and Employees – Do it Right in Three Steps

September 25, 2011

I do a lot of talking about and thinking about milestones in my own work, life and mentoring others.  What steps do you need to take to make meaningful progress?  This also related to a recent book publication on stimulating personal and professional satisfaction.

A recent book based on years of research and a large study points out that “…making progress in meaningful work is the most powerful stimulant to great inner work life” which then sets high performance.  The book is “The Progress Principle”  by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer.

What’s interesting is high performers and leaders have a hard time setting, managing to and CELEBRATING accomplishments.  It’s not easy, but if you are managing a team (and yourself), you really need to do three things:

1. Set a Meaningful goal – make it objective and measurable – perhaps its a task to a greater objective, but this takes thought and focus ,especially if you are building the goal for a team.

2. Work to meet the goal and meet it.  What needs to be done and who needs to do it?  Communicate it and make it resonate internally with you and your team.

3. Reinforce the team on meeting the smaller task, but when you make it CELEBRATE – it might not be much, but even public recognition and a big SIGH of happiness/relief with your team will show them and stimulate you and your team for more positive work.

Are you making work meaningful and are you marking progress?

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