Find Your Great Work

June 6, 2009


Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a fabulous coaching workshop in the DC metro area.  One of the keynote speakers was a man named Michael Bungay Stanier, the 2006 Canadian Coach of the Year and owner of Box of Crayons. The premise of his recent work is that we  spend too much time doing GOOD work – that familiar, useful, productive work that we do often and do well.  We all need good work.  But the problem is that it takes us away from GREAT work – the work that (in his words) matters, inspires, stretches and provokes.  Challenge, risk, failure – all are possibilities with GREAT work.  But the outcome can be so rich!  Have you done any recently?

I’m very passionate about this topic, given that it’s something I’ve struggled with in my own life for years.  His work really struck a cord with me, especially this video that I’m about to show you.  In order to get the full impact out of the 9 minute video, take a moment to answer this question for yourself:

“What current challenge or situation would I like to be different in my life?”

While watching the movie,   pay attention to the 5 Great Work Truths and see which impacts you most.  It may shed some light on which direction you need to proceed.

Like what you see?  At he has created a free 13 week e-course, useful tools to find your Great Work and 50 interviews with people who do Great Work.  Then check out his book: Find Your Great Work.  Happy working!

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  1. Michael says:

    Thank you!


  2. Elise says:

    awesome! truly awesome. I wish I could have been there. As I sit here and take a break from my ‘great work’ I am inspired to continue along my path (which is always filled with uncertainty) :)

  3. Carla says:

    I found this to be very inspiring, thanks for sharing it.

  4. minnesotagal says:

    My pleasure, I did too! I’ll keep passing things along. Thanks for reading…

  5. Tanisha says:

    i enjoy your blog! you always have great, insightful offerings. thanks for keeping us “in the know” :)

  6. minnesotagal says:

    Thanks for following- I enjoy your Facebook “updates” immensely as well. Have you thought about a blog? Seems like you’d be a natural…

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