Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters. Paperback – Feb 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.
About the Author
Leo Babauta has been a reporter, editor, speechwriter, and freelance writer for the last 17 years. Babauta lives in Guam with his wife and five children, where he posts regularly on ZenHabits.net.
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Indeed. It sang to me. I have just recently subscribed to the Box of
Crayons great work blog, and learned of the Kindle contest there.
I readily gravitated towards the author's affable and precise style of
writing. He takes a topic that I have found difficult to understand,
presented it in a way that has allowed me to grasp, and readily apply
to my own circumstances.
I believe that the Zen saying applies here: When the student is ready,
the teacher appears' I am presently at a point in life where I want to
learn strategies that will allow me to 'Do More Great Work' I am
recovering from a severe illness that requires I change career
I wanted to make the most economy of my time and effort, and I needed
a guide that would be practical, and yet at the same time be
challenging, and straightforward 'Do More Great Work' presents the
steps one must take to achieve the gratification of doing something
that is meaningful.
I find the outline is something that I can follow. The series of maps
is a comprehensive way to present a great deal of information in a
manner that the reader can easily assimilate. The topic is addressed
in a brave and authentic manner.
But most significantly, in my estimation, 'Do More Great Work' really
crackles with emotional intelligence. There have been many books
written in this vein, but this author so clearly has empathy for, and
genuinely respects, his readership.Read more ›
As I worked my way through Stanier's narrative, I was again reminded of Teresa Amabile's admonition, "Do what you love and love what you do." In her various writings, she also stresses the importance of having a purpose that includes but is not limited to achieving personal goals. For Dave and Ulrich, this means "the why of work." For Simon Sinek, it suggests the imperative to "start with why." Stanier joins the discussion when expressing the first of six "Great Work Paradoxes": You don't need to save the world but you do need to make a difference...a positive, productive, beneficial difference. More about the other paradoxes later.
Stanier invokes the journey as his central metaphor and presents his information, observations, insights, cautions, caveats, and recommendations within the framework of a journey that involves both sustained effort (e.g. reflection, completing separate but interrelated exercises, maintaining commitment and focus) and significant discovery (i.e. revelations of what really is -- and isn't -- most important). The ultimate objective is to Do More Great Work. This is not a destination because the journey of discovery should never end until one's life does.Read more ›
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Well worth a read if you feel less than 95% satisfied with how your work/career is going. If you would like to feel a little more in control and a lot more satisfaction at work,... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2014 by Karin
Really an awesome book filled with very practical tools to find what makes you feel WOW in your professional life and how to do more of it. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2010 by Marie-Claude Perrault
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