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If you had to…

November 7, 2008

… stop doing half of what you’re currently doing, what would you stop? … start one big project that excited you and scared you in equal measures, what would you start? … ask for help from one person who could

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Merlin Mann’s Better

November 6, 2008

Merlin Mann’s the guy behind 43 Folders, one of the hot productivity sites on the web.  For those of you who know David Allen, you should know Merlin. A couple of months ago, Merlin signalled his restlessness … his desire

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Great Work Strategy #1: Definitions

November 5, 2008

Before we go there, let’s start here first:  Who’s responsible for strategy? Obviously on one level “they” are – “they” being whoever is that senior group of people in the organization that set direction. But it’s fair to say that

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Seth-isms #4: Respond vs Initiate

November 4, 2008

Seth Godin’s blog the other day hit a lovely Great Work distinction: Are you reacting, responding or initiating? Reacting and responding:  often in the purview of Bad or Good Work. Initiating:  often in the remit of Great Work. And I

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Who’s your dissenter?

November 3, 2008

At the OD Network Conference, Ori Brafman spoke on his new book, Sway: Why rational people make irrational decisions. He’s covering some familiar ground, not least that covered by Daniel Gilbert’s fantastic book Stumbling Into Happiness. But one point he

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Procrastination: Great Work’s curse

October 31, 2008

Thanks to Project Sidewalk who created this small but perfectly formed work of genius … and Hugh McLeod who pointed me to it. Wait – before you go… did you enjoy this Great Work post?  Why not subscribe? => You

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Tom Jones on why you do Great Work

October 29, 2008

Tom Jones … for those that don’t know him, hip Welsh crooner famous for “What’s New Pussycat” … and a bunch of other classics. This from a recent interview: “What I like about that song is that I walk on

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Great metrics #1

October 28, 2008

What are you measuring? More importantly – what does what you’re measuring tell you? And just as importantly, what does what you’re NOT measuring tell you? Speaking to a friend Sherry Lowry at the recent OD Network Conference, she told

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