The Power of Small Wins

Among all of the events that make for a really good day at work, the single most important is simply making progress in meaningful work, like “a small win.”

If we want to keep our employees truly engaged in the work they are doing, the single most important thing we can do is to help them make progress in work they perceive as valuable. This is the progress principle.

The more frequently we experience that sense of progress, the more likely we are to be creatively productive in the long run. Whether we are trying to solve a major scientific mystery or simply produce a high-quality product or service, everyday progress—even a small win—can make all the difference in how we feel and perform.

Small wins can give us an enormous boost emotionally, and can really raise our level of intrinsic motivation for what we’re doing, and lead to creativity. If we are experiencing progress in our work, we’re much more likely to feel emotionally positive about ourselves and about what we’re doing.

Small wins are something we can experience pretty regularly if the work is chunked down to manageable pieces.

Summing-up: The power of progress is fundamental to human nature. The effect of small wins is so powerful because we need to feel effective in our work. We need to have that sense of self-efficacy that we’re competent that we’re getting somewhere and that we’re doing something meaningful.

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