6 MYTHS ABOUT GREAT WORK: AND the Reality of What to Do to Make it Happen ?
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TWEET Two years ago, Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love became a New York Times bestseller. Since then, thousands of people have become differencemakers. They’ve passionately taken on projects, applied the 5 skills, and delivered innovative solutions. Ready to become a difference-maker? Focus on the reality of what it takes and produce the great work only you can do. SOURCE
TWEET 1 MYTH: GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT SOURCE
TWEET REALITY: Good work has its place. It is proven, understood, stable, tried, true and tested. Good work needs to get done to keep everything running smoothly and proﬁtably. In fact, good work is the starting point for adding something great. Find a way to work with what you have to create differences people love. SOURCE
TWEET 2 MYTH: JUMP IN AND BEGIN WORKING ON AN ASSIGNMENT
TWEET ? REALITY: Pause and start by asking the right question. Consider new ways to delight that may not have been asked for or thought of yet. Focus on ﬁnding what people would love. It doesn’t take any special training to ask the right question. It just takes a little time.
TWEET From a leadership perspective, there’s nothing more frustrating than to see people on autopilot. There so much more we tap into when we encourage each other to make things better. –Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love SOURCE
TWEET 3 MYTH: PUT YOUR HEAD DOWN AND GET IT DONE
TWEET REALITY: Get out and see for yourself, look for new perspectives and possibilities. Each of us has a unique perspective on the world around us. What we see matters a lot. You will see things no one else can. Look for trends that can shed light on what can be eliminated, what may be possible, or what may be missing altogether. You may be surprised at what you discover when you make it your mission to explore. SOURCE
TWEET 4 MYTH: TURN TO YOUR USUAL SET OF GO-TO PARTNERS TO FLESH OUT YOUR IDEAS
TWEET REALITY: Talk to your outer circle. Conversations with people we don’t usually talk to lead to ideas we wouldn’t think of on our own. In fact, novel ideas get formed by making new connections. Whenever and wherever people with different backgrounds get together and talk, unexpected ideas suddenly seem to click.
TWEET We actually ﬁnd the odds of a solver’s success increases in ﬁelds in which they have no formal expertise. The farther the problem is from their specialized knowledge, the more likely it will be solved. –Harvard professor Karim Lakhani SOURCE
TWEET 5 MYTH: IT’S BETTER TO RUSH TO THE FINISH SOURCE
TWEET REALITY: Take the time, think through, sketch, plan, shape and ﬁne-tune changes. Improve the existing mix. This is where creativity comes in, as you begin toying with possibilities. Look for simple alterations that have worthwhile effects. Add elements. Remove and edit. See how it all ﬁts together.
TWEET Humans have a marvelous adaptation in our brains that lets us actually have experiences in our heads, before we try them out in real life. –Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert
TWEET 6 MYTH: FINISH THE PROJECT AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ASSIGNMENT
TWEET REALITY: The work isn’t over until people love the result. The great work deﬁnition of complete is “a difference is made.” Great workers aren’t done until they see evidence that their work makes a difference someone loves. Stay with the work to follow-up, gather insights, gain understanding, and make connections. Be obsessed with outcomes. Make one difference lead to another. SOURCE
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