Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas + Other Cool Stuff from Week 2 of Michael Bungay Stanier's 4-week course Get Your Great Work Groove On.
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Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of a number of successful books including the best sellers End Malaria (which raised more than $300k for Malaria No More) and Do More Great Work: Stop the busywork. Start the work that matters.
He is also the founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, and is a Rhodes Scholar.
What’s Great Work? Well - you know how some of the stuff you do lights you up? It’s important, exciting and it makes a difference. It’s the stuff that matters. That’s Great Work.
Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas from Week 2 - How to Find Your Great Work:
Big Idea #1: The Seeds of Your Great Work
How do you find the seeds of your GREAT WORK?
How do you get a sense of what you might care about?
Focus on Yourself: you need to be clear on what matters to you before you can begin your Great Work.
Look around you for opportunities: your future Great Work is disguised as current Good Work!
Big Idea #2: Find Your Values, Find Your Great Work
There are clues to your future Great Work in the seeds of your past Great Work.
Think of a time in your life when you did Great Work.
The experience you think of may not be a moment of public triumph. It is a peak moment for YOU: you were tested and rose to the challenge! It’s one of the best versions of who you can be.
What are the deeper values in your story? Your future Great Work may not look exactly like your past Great Work, but the values will be similar!
What are your top three values based on your story?
Give yourself a score 1 to 10 of how well you are living and embodying those values right now. Imagine what life would be like if you were living at a 10 out of 10 - living the full, complete version of yourself!
If you're living all of your values at 10 out of 10, you WILL be doing Great Work – it’s irresistible!
Big Idea #3: What's the ONE THING...
How can you reach a 10 out of 10 in all your top values? It starts with just one thing.
What's one thing you need to STOP doing to get to 10 out of 10?
What's one thing you need to START doing to get to 10 out of 10?
What’s one thing you need to do MORE of to get to 10 out of 10?
Answering these questions and committing to the answers will lead you to your Great Work!
Other Cool Stuff
Visit DoMoreGreatWork.com for free stuff! As Michael mentioned, your job is to pillage that site for as much as you can find!
Download the free "Great Work Maps" for templates from the book (these are 15 exercises we’ll touch on in the class).
Click here to join our community site, where we've setup a group to connect with other students (to share experiences and to find/provide accountability!) in Get Your Great Work Groove On!
We hope you enjoyed and see you in Week 3!
-The en*theos Team