Today a Reader – Tomorrow a Leader
“Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.” W. Fusselman
Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More by Morten Hansen.
Hansen describes seven strategies that enable readers to adopt a growth mindset and find ways to work smarter rather than harder. I’ve listed the first four below.
#1. Do Less, Then Obsess.
Don’t spread yourself thin. Make a few commitments and obsess over them.
Hansen says we should obsess over, … “very beneficial contributions to others, including your customers and other departments in your company.”
“… obsession is only possible if you do focus on a tiny set of priorities.”
#2. Redesign Your Work.
Don’t work excessively long hours. Anything beyond 65 hours/week won’t enhance performance or expand results.
Invest time in bringing maximum value. Eliminate low-value work.
Top performers aren’t working excessively long hours.
#3. Don’t Just Learn, Loop.
Don’t wait for 10,000 hours of practice to make you an expert. Intentionally practice the learning loop. Make small adjustments to daily work practices. Assess. Seek feedback. Repeat.
When was the last time you tweaked the way you run meetings, for example?
#4. P-Squared (Passion and Purpose).
Connect passion with purpose to perform at a much higher level. Focus on something you love to do AND that adds value to others.
General note: Each chapter contains questions and insights that enable performance assessment so you can be Great at Work.
More recommendations from recent reads:
The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton.
The Power of a Positive No by William Ury.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams (Creator of Dilbert).
A perennial recommendation:
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
What reading recommendations would you make based on the books you’ve recently read?