Ever Feel Like You Are Spinning Your Wheels?
It’s a feeling I know all too well. I’m always struggling to get more done, and especially more of the important things that will move my business forward. So I was thrilled to interview Michael Bungay Stanier, Senior Partner of Box of Crayons and author of Do More Great Work.
In the interview we talk about:
- The barriers employees face in being able to do great work, and ideas for overcoming those barriers,
- How the challenges and success strategies differ in big bureaucratic organizations versus small, disorganized ones,
- Ways you can inspire co-workers and even your boss to do great work (and to let you do more of it).
When Good Work Goes Bad
Michael says there are three types of work:
- Bad Work. The soul-crushing, time wasting, drives-you-crazy work.
- Good Work. It is productive and gets things done, but it keeps you stuck in a comfortable rut.
- Great Work. The kind of work that gets you really excited. That has the potential to make a big difference.
Some good work has to be done, but if you want to do more great work, you need focus, courage and resilience. We discuss each of these in the interview.
Links Mentioned in the Podcast
It’s got an all-star cast of people like Chris Brogan (The Impact Equation), Scott Stratten (UnMarketing) , Roger Martin (former Dean of my MBA alma-mater, U of Toronto, and Playing to Win), John Jantsch (Duct Tape Marketing), Jill Konrath (author of Selling to Big Companies), Mitch Joel (Ctrl Alt Delete; also check out our interview!), Brené Brown (Daring Greatly),
Author of Flawless Consulting, which was is the best book I’ve ever read about how to be a good consultant. It was also one of the first I ever read. I couldn’t afford it at the time, this was pre-Kindle, and the library only had it in the Reference section, so I spent a lot of time there reading it and taking notes!
Question: What Stops Your Organization From Doing Great Work?
You can answer that below.