How the present is a “remedial course for the future” – and the pros and cons of those ‘creation myth’ stories of where people find clues for their Great Work The importance of an open heart and just where that might lead you The connection between productivity and creativity The two levels of prioritization (and how freeing it is to know that) And quite a bit more
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At Box of Crayons our goal is to help organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. So our focus is on the people and teams within these organizations. But sometimes, Great Work isn’t to be found for you with the walls of a company. If you’re one of those people, if you need to get out – then Pam Slim is the woman for you. Her book Escape from Cubicle Nation had its roots in an impassioned plea to organizations to let people do Great Work – or let them go free. Guy Kawasaki liked it so much he re-blogged it, and Pam’s path became clear. In our interview we talk about: What Jack Welch sees as the biggest trend in corporations now – and why that matters The story of John the baseball player (and his parents), and how his journey is one we can all learn from The role of evangelism in finding your Great Work Why prototyping can be the difference between success and failure
Gretchen Rubin’s new book, ‘The Happiness Project‘, has been out for just two weeks and is already making a splash. It tells her story of spending a year testing strategies to be happier. It’s not that her life was bad beforehand – it wasn’t, and she was living a perfectly fine life in New York with her husband and young child. But she was curious about what it really took to be happy, and spend a year experimenting and blogging and writing about her journey. In this interview we discuss: How to convert the theory of happiness to the practices of happiness. Whether novelty and challenge adds – or reduces – happiness. The paradox of why things that increase your happiness don’t always make you happy. The happiness strategy that Gretchen was most skeptical about – and what she ended up discovering.