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Do More GREAT Work

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work”,  Steve Jobs, inventor

Stop the Busywork. Start the Work that Matters.

Three Kinds of Work:

Bad work - that mind numbing, blood sucking type of work.

Good work - what most of us do most of the time.  Our job description. Keeps us busy, productive and it gets things done.  The problem is that in our overwhelmed work, this can be endless.  It is not engaging to You!

GREAT work- work that lights you up. You take responsibility for the life you live- responsibility for your own freedom.  It involves choices that may not be comfortable or easy.  It involves some self management process to stop getting seduced by the good work, stop getting by the busy work. Become more selective about what you say Yes to and what you say No to. Create a separate place to do this strategic, most productive Great work.

Listen to audio podcast by Michael Bungay Stainer, Author of "Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters". This inspirational, motivating, at times playful book uses twelve short, thought-provoking exercises that effectively force the reader to look at what his or her work really is, and find ways to change the mix.


But how do you find more Great Work?  There are 5 rules to know and with them 5 choices to make.

The Five Great Truths:

1. Things only get interesting when you take full responsibility for the choices you make

Even though we might find ourselves in situations where we wouldn’t pick- even though we carry with us all the uncertainty of who we are and where we come from, things only get interesting when you take full responsibility for the choices you make 

1st choice:  Are you in for more Great Work or are you out?   


2. Changing your focus changes what’s possible

To do more Great work you must both narrow and broaden your gaze. 

You must look intently at who you are and what matters. You must look more expansively at what surrounds you and what matters. 

2nd choice: Will you look for Great work or just hope it shows up?


3. You must make the full choice

To do more Great work you need to make not one but two choices.

1. What will you say YES to?

2. What will you say NO to?

Just as the back of the hand must follow the front…

3rd choice: Will you hold strong to the NO so that you can commit to the yes?


4. If everyone’s happy, then you’re not doing GREAT work

To do great work you must be willing to take a stand, to reset an expectation or three. Skepticism, disappointment and resistance are measures of success.

4th Choice:  Will you keep everyone happy or will you get clear on what you want?


5. If you’re doing it yourself, you’re not doing GREAT work.

Forget the ideas of the rugged individual striding out alone, the hero conquering the monster.  Great work is not a solo activity.

Final Choice:  Will you open the door to others or keep it closed?



Find Your GREAT Work - from BoxOfCrayons (James Bond--like theme)



Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stainer



Get out of the Timid Middle:


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Resources for More GREAT Work

Do More Great Work

Box of Crayons - coaching for more great work.

Short movies to inspire and get you started.

Interview with Michael Bungay Stainer- work matters podcast.