This week’s Resource Recommendation – Do More Great Work By Michael Bungay Stanier
Michael opens this book by quoting Milton Glaser (the artist responsible for the well-known “I Heart NY” logo), who wrote that:
He then takes you on a working journey to create more great work in your life.
Michael does this like any great coach would (he is the 2006 Canadian Coach of the Year). He provides resources (there are short original pieces from a bunch of other smart people – like Seth Godin). He offers quotations. He asks (great) questions. He gives you worksheets and tools to help you get there. And, he helps you reflect or debrief your work with each tool.
Since the path to doing more great work is a journey, each of these tools is called a map. Each of these 15 maps is designed to help you answer a specific question, and they are laid out in a specific order.
Some of the questions (and maps) include:
- What are you like at your best?
- What’s calling you?
- What’s broken?
- What’s possible?
- What support do you need?
While the order makes a great deal of sense, in my still somewhat limited use of the maps, I find that they also can be used independently. Michael makes their use easier by providing templates for each on the book’s companion website.
I could go on and write even more about this book. I’ve already hinted at how valuable I believe it will be to anyone who will use it. Let me also say it is short, very readable and very inexpensive!
With a cover price of just $11.95, this belongs on everyone’s shelf, and would make a great gift for the graduates in your life this spring.