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Mike

Reminds me of the quote

"Le succès est une somme de petites choses mises au point" or "success is the sum of little things done well."

by Ferdinand Point in his 1969 book "Ma Gastronomie"

Also paraphrased by Marco Pierre White as "Perfection is a lot of little things done well"

Paul Fairlie

Bob: I can't tell you how encouraging this. I've been conducting national research for a few years on the impact of meaningful work, and have found that social impact and a sense of personal accomplishment are in the top 5 of the top 35 work characteristic drivers of 13 different employee outcomes. There's a journal article in press and another in preparation. I also presented this 2 years in a row at the American Psychological Association's annual convention. It's exciting to see all of this emerging at the same time (albeit, my work is unknown as of yet).

Regards,
Paul Fairlie, Ph.D.

Derek Irvine, Globoforce

Thanks for the recommendation, Bob. I look forward to reading this in depth, though I've read some of her highlights on HBR. I wrote about those saying:

Meaningful work and a sense of value within the organization are indeed powerful elements of employee engagement. All work is meaningful and valuable (otherwise, why would you be paying people to do it). The trick is for management to help employees see that meaningfulness and personal value, especially during this tough economy and often stressful workplace environment.

Managers cannot rely on old-school recognition practices of Years of Service, Employee of the Month, President's Club and similar to achieve this. Such programs only recognize results (or, in the case of YoS - ability to not leave). Rather, employees must focus much more on progress along the way - celebrating the behaviors, achievements, etc., that end up delivering the major successes. In today's world of projects that can last 2-5 years before final completion, celebrating progress critical.

I've written more about this here: http://www.recognizethisblog.com/2010/09/removing-obstacles-progress-recognition/

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I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago trying to apply their distinctions to the encourage adoption of internal social tools...thanks for good information..keep sending like this..

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It gives me an interest to buy it. Maybe I can share it to my sister so she can read it too, bcoz I know it might help her...

Hirdu

just ordered one via flipkart in India, :) would definitely write a review and float the word around the crowd...

Alyssa Magnotti

Looks like a great book! We've definitely seen the importance of celebrating small wins at thinkspace. Each morning, we go over our wins individually and it starts the day off on the right foot. :]

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I fixed it here, but doing so at Amazon is probably impossible..!I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago, trying to apply their distinctions to the encourage adoption of internal social tools...

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Thank you for sharing some small details about the book, it gives me an interest to buy it. Maybe I can share it to my sister so she can read it too, coz I know it might help her.

Bob Sutton

George,

Thanks! I fixed it here, but doing so at Amazon is probably impossible!

George Lehman

I think you want the word "anecdotes" rather than "antidotes" in point # 1.

CV Harquail

Hey Bob-

I love The Progress Principle too -- not just for the reasons you highlight above, but also because their distinction between "catalysts" and "nurtures" helps people see two equally-important, intertwined elements of purposeful work.

And, both types of work are *visibly* supported and thus reinforced by social media tools within organizations.

I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago, trying to apply their distinctions to the encourage adoption of internal social tools:
How Social Media Can Help Us Generate Productive Momentum
( http://authenticorganizations.com/harquail/2011/07/18/how-social-media-canhelp-us-generate-productive-momentum/)

I'd love to learn how other readers are putting these insights into action.

cvh

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