Here's a business book that gets right to the problem that plagues so many organizations: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing "great work" or work that leads to "great work" the kind of innovative work that pushes business forward, stretches creativity, and offers true satisfaction. The rest of the time (50 percent or more) employees are treading water with "good work" the work that keeps the business going but will never move it ahead and are mired in "bad work" (upwards of 25 percent of the time) the endless meetings, the energy-draining bureaucratic processes. 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. This inspirational, motivating, at times playful book uses fifteen 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. The exercises, called Maps because of the quick, visual way they lead the reader from A to B to Z, begin with defining great work assess your personal bad-good-great ratio; tap into the power of role models; analyze those moments when work turned into a flow. There are maps that explore personal creativity and inspire brainstorming. And maps to help put ideas into motion, including how to structure time, how to elicit help from members of your team, even how to navigate an idea through the organization. And along the way, there are tips for clearing time to move away from bad work including how to use the drama triangle of transactional analysis and stop being a "rescuer" who takes on other people's problems, and how not to say "no," but how to say "yes" more slowly, making sure you're doing what's most important.
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Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and Principal of Box of Crayons (www.boxofcrayons.biz), a company that works with organizations and teams around the world to help them do less Good Work and more Great Work.
Box of Crayons' clients range from AstraZeneca to Xerox and are based in North America, Europe and Australia. They have particular expertise with blue chip organizations in the professional service, pharmaceutical and consumer goods market sectors. Box of Crayons' premier product is the Coaching for Great Work program which gives managers and leaders practical coaching skills that stick. It is delivered by a global cadre of program leaders. As a consultant and facilitator, Michael regularly works with groups ranging from four to two hundred.
Michael was the 2006 Canadian Coach of the Year. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and holds a Masters of Philosophy from Oxford, and law and arts degrees with highest honors from the Australian National University.
Michael created The Great Work Movie (www.GreatWorkMovie.com), The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun (www.EightPrinciples.com) and The 5 ¾ Questions You've Been Avoiding, (www.fivebigquestions.com), short internet movies that have been seen by well over a million people in at least 175 countries around the world.
Michael is a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences around the world. He has been a speaker at three of the most recent International Coaching Federation conferences, the OD Network, the International Association of Facilitators, CSTD and SHRM.
Prior to founding Box of Crayons, Michael held senior positions in the corporate, consultancy and agency worlds in the UK, the United States and Canada. He has been involved in numerous large scale change efforts, including writing the global vision for GlaxoSmithKline.
"If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I'm doing, I'd pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren't willing to admit we know yet."
-David Allen, Author of Getting Things Done