The Progress Principle: Breakthrough Leadership Ideas

The Catalyst Factor

  • A catalyst is anything that directly facilitates the timely, creative, high-quality completion of work. The opposite is an inhibitor. The catalyst factor is second only to the progress principal when it comes to influencing inner work life. When someone has clear and meaningful goals, sufficient resources, and helpful colleagues they get a boost even before any work is completed. The seven main catalysts found in the study are: setting clear goals, allowing autonomy, necessary resources, sufficient time but not too much time, help as needed, learning from problems and successes, and an atmosphere that allows ideas to flow. Leaders need to create a climate for these catalysts and make sure that there is a consideration for people and their ideas, coordination between people and groups, and clear, honest, respectful, and free-flowing communication.
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