There are several catalysts for jump-starting progress, but managers can begin to break negative cycles and get positive progress loops going if they start with three fundamentals: meaningful work, clear goals, and autonomy. Be sure that people understand how their own work contributes to something they can care about — a mission with meaning. Establish clear goals for projects, so people know what they are working toward, but allow them autonomy to use their own talents and expertise to get there. Ideally, those goals will include interim, achievable milestones, so small wins will happen early and often. Above all, pay attention. Stay alert to the progress inhibitors that reduce the probability of small wins, and neutralize those inhibitors as much as possible.