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Book Review: Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork and Start the Work That Matters by Michael Bungay Stanier

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Do More Great Work Stop the Busywork and Start the Work That Matters, by Michael Bungay Stanier, has been created with the businessperson in mind.

The concept is simple enough – most people go through life with things to do. While these might have a differing rank of importance, chances are likely one will stay focused on tasks that are trivial instead of those that are truly significant.

Stanier’s goal is twofold; help people figure out what tasks are motivating as well as impactful, but also to define the steps required.

In a manner similar to What’s The Color of My Parachute?, this book uses exercises rather than trying to have readers follow one person’s path to success. Fifteen in all, they build upon the previous version so the package is complete by the end.

Stanier calls the exercises “maps”, which is a natural title. Remember, the goal is finding out challenges and strengths. A bit of searching is required.

No need to do all maps at once, since the book is conveniently broken down into multiple sections. This way, participants have time for contemplation of each step before moving on. The groupings vary from one single exercise to several at a time. Alongside explanations of the different parts are quotes to inspire further study.

Stanier has enough commonsense to treat readers with the feeling of competence. He understands the effort to try and do well can often fall flat with the multitude from other tasks required on a daily basis. At no time does he attempt talking down, even though he has much more experience in the effectiveness arena.

This book can be finished in a relatively short period of time. While interest will hold, one might think better of simply galloping through without pause until the end. Each word is carefully chosen, and should be eaten one small bite at a time.

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