Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters.

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You work hard. You put in the hours. Yet you feel like you are constantly treading water with "Good Work" that keeps you going but never quite moves you ahead. Or worse, you are mired in "Bad Work"—endless meetings and energy-draining bureaucratic traps.

Do More Great Work gets to the heart of the problem: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing "Great Work"—the kind of innovative work that pushes us forward, stretches our creativity, and ...

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Overview

You work hard. You put in the hours. Yet you feel like you are constantly treading water with "Good Work" that keeps you going but never quite moves you ahead. Or worse, you are mired in "Bad Work"—endless meetings and energy-draining bureaucratic traps.

Do More Great Work gets to the heart of the problem: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing "Great Work"—the kind of innovative work that pushes us forward, stretches our creativity, and truly satisfies us. Michael Bungay Stanier, Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, is a business consultant who’s found a way to move us away from bad work (and even good work), and toward more time spent doing great work.

When you’re up to your eyeballs answering e-mail, returning phone calls, attending meetings and scrambling to get that project done, you can turn to this inspirational, motivating, and at times playful book for invaluable guidance. In fifteen exercises, Do More Great Work shows how you can finally do more of the work that engages and challenges you, that has a real impact, that plays to your strengths—and that matters.

The exercises are "maps"—brilliantly simple visual tools that help you find, start and sustain Great Work, revealing how to:

  • Find clues to your own Great Work—they’re all around you
  • Locate the sweet spot between what you want to do and what your organization wants you to do
  • Generate new ideas and possibilities quickly
  • Best manage your overwhelming workload
  • Double the likelihood that you’ll do what you want to do
All it takes is ten minutes a day, a pencil and a willingness to change. Do More Great Work will not only help you identify what the Great Work of your life is, it will tell you how to do it.
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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 book may be little but the idea is big. Do More Great Work will help you think bigger about who you are and what you offer the world.”

--Michael Port, author of The Think Big Manifesto and The Contrarian Effect

"Great work really does come in small packages! This little book is a dynamo of 'great work truths.'"
--Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author of What Got You There Won’t Get You Here

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761156444
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/22/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 237,589
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and senior partner of Box of Crayons, a company that works with organizations, ranging from AstraZeneca to Xerox, to help them do more great work. A Rhodes scholar who earned both arts and law degrees with highest honors from Australian National University and an MPhil from Oxford, he is a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences, and was named Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006. He lives in Toronto.

SETH GODIN is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change. His book Permission Marketing was an Amazon.com Top 100 bestseller for a year, a Fortune Best Business Book and it spent four months on the Business Week bestseller list. It also appeared on The New York Times business book bestseller list. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    A business coach's guide on how to do your best work

    Business coach extraordinaire Michael Bungay Stanier shows you exactly how top-notch mentoring works. He provides 15 practical, easy-to-follow exercises, or "maps," you can use to identify and pursue your best work - and your best attitude. While Stanier cannot look over your shoulder as you apply his approach, his helpful maps and friendly tone of voice make it seem as if he is right beside you, teaching you how to attain goals that make a difference. getAbstract recommends Stanier's systematic and supportive approach to making your work more substantive.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Small Package, Big Impact

    Looks can be deceiving. At first glance, Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier looks like yet another small, simple, beautifully-designed book. Oftentimes, books of this sort lack anything new or insightful. A few pages in, however, I realized this book was an exception. Do More Great Work gets to the heart of the work each of us should aspire to do -- work that makes us feel fully alive and brings us joy. The author, who was named Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, walks the reader through a series of maps and questions that provide valuable career guidance. As a result of reading this book, I made a change to my business so that I would do more great work and devote less time to merely good work. That's the measure of a valuable book: it changes the reader in a positive way. I'm happy to report that Do More Great Work met that standard for me and, as such, I highly recommend it.

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