Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More

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  • Title: Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More
  • Author: Morten T. Hansen
  • ISBN: 9781476765624
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wall Street Journal Business BestsellerA Financial Times Business Book of the MonthNamed by The Washington Post as One of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Great by Choice comes an authoritative, practical guide to individual performance based on analysis from an exhaustive, groundbreaking study.Why do some people perforWall Street Journal Business BestsellerA Financial Times Business Book of the MonthNamed by The Washington Post as One of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Great by Choice comes an authoritative, practical guide to individual performance based on analysis from an exhaustive, groundbreaking study.Why do some people perform better at work than others This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce Now, after a unique, five year study of than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his Seven Work Smarter Practices that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance.Each of Hansen s seven practices is highlighted by inspiring stories from individuals in his comprehensive study You ll meet a high school principal who engineered a dramatic turnaround of his failing high school a rural Indian farmer determined to establish a better way of life for women in his village and a sushi chef, whose simple preparation has led to his restaurant tucked away under a Tokyo subway station underpass being awarded the maximum of three Michelin stars Hansen also explains how the way Alfred Hitchcock filmed Psycho and the 1911 race to become the first explorer to reach the South Pole both illustrate the use of his seven practices even before they were identified.Each chapter contains questions and key insights to allow you to assess your own performance and figure out your work strengths, as well as your weaknesses Once you understand your individual style, there are mini quizzes, questionnaires, and clear tips to assist you focus on a strategy to become a productive worker Extensive, accessible, and friendly, Great at Work will help you achieve by working less, backed by unprecedented statistical analysis.

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    1. Do Less FluffIn GREAT AT WORK, Professor Morten Hansen reveals the results of his extensive research study, which began in 2011, and examined the activity of 5,000 workers. The author was trying to figure out exactly which factors contributed to one being an especially superior worker. The researchers whittled down the factors to just seven "Smart Practices." These seven factors, as a whole explained about 2/3 of what makes someone really effective.The biggest factor leading to superior performa [...]

    2. If you attend 45% less meetings, you will be 74% more effective. There's all sorts of "real numbers" and stats like this in the book and I call BS. What does it even mean to be great at work? I think there are a lot of great tips in here that are pretty obvious--my personal favorites are do less and then obsess and don't follow your passion. But the book sells itself as scientifically rigorous when it's just a nice self-help that is fairly obvious. I would actually recommend Essentialism, which [...]

    3. Disappointing. There is nothing wrong with the book's main thesis that we should "work less, then obsess". In other words, do fewer things but focus more on doing them well. Can't argue with that. There are six other principles including such obvious nuggets as "work smarter, not harder".The problem is how the book justifies this point of view. Most of the book is argument by anecdote. Person X did this and it worked out therefore we should all do this. That's hardly a strong argument as the ex [...]

    4. Hansen undertook a 5 year study to find out what makes top performance at work. He's also worked with Jim Collins on his follow up to Good to Great, so Hansen has credibility. While he frames his 7 keys to performing better as a challenge to the conventional wisdom, the ideas have been around. But those ideas have not been wrapped up together and do not have the credibility of Hansen's study. The first and most important key - work less, then obsess. Hansen gives the example of the 91 year old t [...]

    5. Wow, there is a lot in this book. Though I read it through once, I can tell I'm going to need to come back to chapters after I've tackled some of the recommendations. In fact, that's a recommendation of the book -- start with one thing, and give it 15 minutes of the day, with careful measurement of your progress and feedback. I also really like the "do less, then obsess" theme suggesting that we need to work smarter, not more, or harder. The book is also full of great examples.

    6. As business books go, this is a good one. Morten T. Hansen's Great at Work is an attempt to explain how high-performers outdo their peers and deliver higher-quality work. The essential teaching of the book is that such performers "do less, then obsess": That is, they are very good at prioritizing, focusing on the top one to three things -- then they really bear down on those things to the exclusion of everything else. There's a lot more going on, but I think almost anyone would appreciate readin [...]

    7. One of the authors of Great by Choice, a book that was very influential in the early years of building my company, I heard Hansen talking abou this book on the FT business book podcast and thought it sounded like good brain food - and it is. It takes an academic and evidence-based look at what makes people effective when “work harder” is a road to declining productivity and burnout. The author sets out the challenge early on: “The phrase “work smarter, not harder” has been thrown aroun [...]

    8. This was interesting book. I've read quite a bit of productivity books but this was still helpful. A lot of books I've read mostly focused on mindset. This one focused more on practices. The most notable advice I took from it is, work less then obsess. You minimize the amount of things you work on and then obsess over the one task or topic. I've learned from work experiences that it's better to work on one item at a time vs multiple. They had a studies proving that working longer hours didn't re [...]

    9. Good solid research and discussion of the difference between activity (necessary and not even close to sufficient for success) and accomplishment (ideally with the least activity possible) -while Hansen doesn't frame the argument that way, it's a terrific contribution to the growing literature that says the most successful people - as Warren Buffet says - "say no to almost everything." That lets them, as Hansen says, "do less. Then obsess" over what you do do. Other nuggets:Focus on creating val [...]

    10. Having read many books on leadership, employee engagement and efficient working practices, I skimmed this book for relevant tidbits and practical advice. The author takes the concept of "work smarter, not harder" and breaks it down to the following: effective time management - determine purpose and priorities; effective team meetings - create unity towards established goals through logic and inspiration; and discipline collaboration - an organization is more productive when determining specific [...]

    11. Funny how some of it sounded like ScrumMaybe good ideas but not fleshed Out enough They say they researched good performers. But I don’t think they said they proved making these changes works

    12. No surprises, nothing new to learn here. Mildly interesting that they backed up these common sense points with survey data. I might just be tired of this kind of book.

    13. Do Less and Obsess (As few as you can - as many as you must, Focus on Value first then goals, “Diversity in counsel, unity in command.” Cyrus,

    14. Great bookI truly believe that this book will change my focus on work to become a better colleague and work smarter

    15. Easy to read and informative, Hansen breaks down the myth that to be great you have to overwork yourself and sacrifice parts of your life. I call this book a guide to the "strategic hussle". While targeted for corporate environments there's nothing that doesn't equally apply to entrepreneurs. My favorite chapter was "Don't Just Learn, Loop". Deliberate practice is helpful but very hard to do in an environment devoid of daily feedback so Hansen suggests using what he calls "the learning loop". Sp [...]

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