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Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters. Paperback – February 22, 2010
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"If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged..., I'd pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible. And the best part—he makes it easy and fun."
--David Allen, bestselling author of the Getting Things Done
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Focus on what really matters to you and the company
- Improve productivity by becoming more efficient and effective as a human and a leader
- Promote and maintain employee engagement by delegating meaningful work
This book is only for you if...if you're really interested in doing great work, if you can really be honest with yourself, and if you are willing to make some changes. Otherwise, don't bother.
My career as an actor has traditionally involved waiting to be invited to participate in someone else's vision. I was elected to the National Council of Actor's Equity Association [the stage actors' union] where I served for a couple of years without really embracing my role as a leader. I wanted to make a difference, but instead I was shuffling along with the status quo, doing committee busywork at the union, and remaining a wallflower in my career.
Since DMGW, I realize how much potential I have to really make a difference, and I have stepped up in nearly every arena of my life: No longer content to wait to be asked to someone else's party, I began teaching and mentoring young actors. I signed on to direct 6 short films. I finished writing a play and had the honor of inviting other actors to be part of MY vision. I stepped up to leadership roles in the National Council of Actor's Equity Association [the stage actors' union], taking on first election reform, and next up is financial oversight and an overhaul of our audition system. I ran for national office, and though I wasn't elected, I changed expectations of both members and the leadership for what they should expect from their leaders by showing up to talk with and listen to over a thousand members. Now I'm setting my sights beyond my career and this industry to see how else I can make a difference, create lasting value, and leave my corner of the world better for my having occupied it.
The book is great, and Michael's blog and emails continue to inspire me.
After all this, I owe some gratitude to Michael: Thank you, Michael, for inspiring me to act on my potential. You broke down the process into digestible chunks that revealed where my passions lay dormant, and also illustrated how great a price I pay for being complacent in my own life and the world I live in. I will never be the same.
No longer are we going to settle as workers(human beings) for "bad work" (read busy work.)
As a teacher of secondary age students, I share the messages of this book to encourage the skill /talents/knowing of my students
as they plan/imagine their adult lives and career paths.
This generation will not tolerate busy work...which unfortunately school often is for them.
This great work book inspires us all to re-evaluate what we are doing with our precious time.
It asks the questions and provides interactive maps and humor.
A true joy to read and use as a tool for moving forward.
I do this stuff for a living, yet found myself picking up this book again and again to work through the exercises for myself. It stayed in the place of honor on the corner of my desk for a couple of months and I would pick it up during the day to do a bit more work and reflect on how Michael's message related to how my day was going.
I also found it most useful to read through front to back first, ponder the message, then go back, thoughtfully, and take the exercises one at a time as I was ready to take in the implications. This is not something you read and forget, but a tool you can use long term, over and over again, as you craft your future.
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His methods and execution are not only fast but also does make sense
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