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The Great Work Podcast

What if you could do more of the work that made a difference, had meaning and created an impact? (And what if you could also do less of all that other stuff that fills up your day?
In these animated, engaging and practical podcasts, Michael Bungay Stanier shares strategies, talks to thought leaders and provokes you to do less Good Work … and more Great Work.


How to Have a Better Year

February 10, 2017

Here we are, settling into February. For many of us, all of our good intentions for how 2017 will be different have gone quietly by the wayside. However, there’s no better time to get back on track, and to get clarity on

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Dan Roam Draws His Way to the Truth

February 2, 2017

I first interviewed my guest today, Dan Roam, about five years ago. He is the author of several books on the power of drawing; his latest is Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate with Your

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Srinivas Rao Takes on the Temptations of Conformity

December 21, 2016

Srinivas Rao has interviewed over six hundred people on his podcast Unmistakable Creative. He’s also the author of a new book titled Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better than Best. In it, Srinivas tells the story of quitting his job to pursue his dream of

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Maria Konnikova Takes on Cons

December 8, 2016

Have you ever been conned? I know I have. If you’ve ever felt a little vulnerable, you’re going to enjoy this conversation with my guest Maria Konnikova. Maria’s a New York Times bestselling author. Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think

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Ryan Holiday Takes on Ego

November 30, 2016

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. His best-known book is The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, and he has a new book out titled Ego Is the

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Matthew May Takes on Flawed Thinking

November 16, 2016

I loved Matthew May’s 2010 book, In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing. It was a seminal text for me. He now has a new book out, titled Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal

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Karin Hurt Takes on Soulless Managers

October 21, 2016

Business books can sometimes be too abstract; sometimes they’re too tactical. It’s like with Goldilocks: you’re looking for that perfect combination of not too much, not too little, but just right. Well, today I’m talking to Karin Hurt, co-author of Winning

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Cal Newport Takes on a Distracted World

October 13, 2016

At Box of Crayons, our bigger purpose is to help people in organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. So it’s a real pleasure to be talking with today’s guest, Cal Newport. Cal is an associate professor of

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How You Can Be More Resilient

October 12, 2016

How do you build your personal resilience, and why is it so important to do so? Well, you may have heard the term “VUCA world” — a volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world. Chances are you can see elements of all four playing out in

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