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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
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1) Where are you now? (Map current mix of bad, good and great work. Assess)
2) What's Great? (Recall peak moments. Assess)
3) What are you like at your best? (Recall emotions at peak moments. Map "I am this...not that")
4) Who's great? (Think of role models that are inspiring and assess why. Choose characteristic. Emulate & Visualize)
5) What's Calling You? (Scan landscape for great opportunities. Analyze. What surprised you? Inspired you?)
6) What's Broken? (Map aggravations that "erode the quality of our lives." Assess. What can you change)
7) What's Required? (Map all the work you do on daily or weekly basis into one of 4 quadrants: a) They Care/You Care (Sweet spot/Do more-convert from good to great work) (b) They Care/I don't care. (Stop doing), (c) I Don't Care/They Care (Must do - delegate or be more efficient-embrace adequacy." (d) You Care/They Don't Care (Do it Elsewhere; do it undercover; re-label it)
8) What's the Best Choice? (Map your options. Rate/rank the options.
9) What's Possible? (Map creative new ideas and explore what can be converted to great work)
10) What's the Right Ending? (Explore different ways forward - What can be, what's changed, new outcome)
11)How Courageous are You? (Map safe to impossible methods to do more great work)
12)What Will you do? (Map (a) what is easiest to do, (b) what would have the greatest impact, (c) what do you want to do, (d) what Will you do)
13)What Support Do You Need? (Map people who have influence, skills, or love you)
14)What's the Next Step? (Map what you will do, by when, what's the first step, what accountability do you need - then analyze)
15)Lost Your Great Work Mojo? (Revert back to steps 1-14 and assess)
And the book concludes with 4 great work truths:
Great Work Truth #1: Things only get interesting when you take full responsibility for the choices you make.
Great Work Truth #2: To do more Great Work, you must both narrow and broaden your gaze.
Great Work Truth #3: Decide what to say no to.
Great Work Truth #4: Stop Making everyone happy.
Great Work Truth #5: Ask for Help.
This is an exercise workbook (more than a book) where Stanier allows reader to work their way forward to a solution to finding their own Great Work. The book also includes relevant and thoughtful quotes (Camus, Edmund Hillary) and passages from contemporary coaches (Seth Godin, Dave Ulrich, Penelope Trunk).
I wonder where this book will appear in bookstores. Business book? Self-enhancement book? Psychology book? Do More Great Work transcends categories. I suspect that you are skeptical of these superlatives but I honestly do not take the time to write reviews unless an author inspired me. Michael does (again).
He prods, provokes, and challenges you to answer questions about your life that can often be uncomfortable. He gives you a playground of exercises to uncover values, strengths, and situations governing your behavior, and how to navigate with them to effectively emerge as a mindful, passionate leader.
I am purposely avoiding specific details about what is in the book because it is impossible to cover the broad terrain and I hesitate to emphasize small snippets out of context. There are dozens of questions and exercises that are useful on their own and even more powerfully together. None of these questions are silly, none of them are superfluous, and if you are receptive, this book has the potential to evoke meaningful change.
Are you content with mediocracy or do you want to do something profound with your limited time and stamina in the only life you will ever be given? If you want the latter, get this book. I stake my reputation on the line.
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.
"Like a prize in a Cracker Jack box ... a nifty toolkit of ideas, insights and kicks-in-the-butt to get you rolling and motivated."
Wow, what a tribute. And now having finished this wonderful little gem - how apt a tribute. I wish I had come up with that particular set of words.
Firstly, I'd like to comment on the book's design. Michael, I've realised from reading his blogs and such is a bit of fan of design. So am I. And everything about this book is designed really well. It's not a standard hardback or paperback size, its cover is mostly red with a big bold white heading and a yellow moon word balloon almost yelling at us to "Stop the busywork, and start the work that matters." It's only 200 pages and as a result is easy to grab in your fist to shake when another lightening bolt of excitement hits you as you realise the wisdom enclosed is going to change your life.
The book is broken down into 7 bite-sized parts, just like any good toolkit and we are provided with a set of "maps" (via the website) that enable us, the reader, to put into practice all the great guidance that Michael provides us.
Enough about design.
This book is indeed a toolkit as Mr Pressfield states. It's classic quality teaching: some wisdom supported by a solid fact base, some experts adding their thought leadership (eg Dave Ulrich, Seth Godin), real-life examples of other people who've implemented the steps and then Michael guides the reader to implement it themselves using the 15 maps. In addition, there are relevant quotes on most pages plus the language used is simple and easily digestible. No complicated business school jargon here.
In particular, I found very useful the beginning, where we are encouraged to look back to times in our life where we've performed "great work". I've done similar sorts of exercises via career coaching but what was most revealing for me was describing how I felt at those times. I'd never done that before and it was quite enlightening for me. I am in a transitional time of my career at the moment and this exercise in particular, helped me crystallize the type of activities that bring out the best of me. So thank you Michael.
The practical hands-on element of this book and that it is written to consume in bite-sized chunks really makes it a top addition to anyone seeking to spend more time producing great work.
It really should become compulsory reading for business schools and company training curriculums. Congratulations Michael on a beauty of a toolkit.
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