Progress Principle

Progress Principle


Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, authors of the book, “The Progress Principle” have discovered the key to staying motivated on the job. Small wins and awareness around progress being made is a great encourager that keeps us “in the zone” while at work. As Millennials we need to feverishly work our way into the dream jobs we desire and staying motivated is essential.


  1. Progress Principle Overview & Understanding
  2. Addictive Nature of Progress – Video Game Story
  3. Dan Pink Adult Motivation Model
  4. Catalyst Ignition
  5. Progress Principle Steps
  6. Nourishment Factor

Reflective Questions:

  • Identify one thing at work that is taking up a lot of time. Can you incorporate the progress principle to it so you stay motivated and encouraged?
  • The module talked about the importance of autonamy, mastery, and purpose as being key drivers for adult motivation. Ask yourself: are you working in an environment where those three things are present? What do you need to adapt in order to make sure you are motivated at work?
  • Are you a believer of the progress principle? Why or why not? What is one example that supports your belief?

Homework Assignment:

3-day tracking assignment that helps to reflect on progress made at work. Learners will keep track of daily “wins” and highlight successes over the 3-days. They will also read a HBR article that expands upon the Progress Principle concept.

Journal Entry:

Post module activity that highlights the learning from the homework assignment and helps set a course for continued learning application.