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The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Steven Kramer, Teresa Amabile

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Scenes from the Organizational Trenches

THE AUCTIONEER approached the microphone under a harsh July sun. Before him, much of a vast parking lot had become a tented showroom, crammed with sleek modular desks, Aeron chairs, computers, CAD equipment, machine shop tools, and the smaller factory items that had not already been sold. All the pieces had been efficiently tagged, grouped, and cleaned to attract the highest bidder. Potential buyers stood ready, some having come from miles away to this rural Michigan town, their sights set on particular items and their intuitions sensing a good deal. Behind the auctioneer loomed the former headquarters of Karpenter Corporation, ten brick stories of offices towering over a three-level plant that stretched ...

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