To understand more about the way people work and direct their values and efforts, the author Morten Hansen conducted a large study, with more than 5, 000 employees and managers, and was able to develop a theory of how to work intelligently, presented in his book "Great at Work".
Hansen's objective is to disseminate his own perspective on work so that we can achieve a better performance in our professional activities and achieve the long-awaited success.
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Written by Morten Hansen, the book "Great at Work" was published on January 9, 2018, by Simon & Schuster.
It is considered a hands-on guide to help you identify your way of working and develop effective strategies to be more productive and stand out in the labor market.
The book has 320 pages and is divided into 3 parts to aid you to master your own work, teamwork, and personal life.
All the content is the result of researches, interviews, and articles from which the author developed 7 practices to work intelligently and achieve professional success, all tested and proven.
Morten T. Hansen is considered one of the most influential management thinkers. He holds a Ph. D. from Stanford Business School and was a professor at Harvard Business School.
Currently, he lectures and advises companies around the world, besides working as a professor of management at the University of California.
Morten Hansen also wrote, with Jim Collins, the book "Great by Choice".
If you are concerned about your productivity at work, or have just graduated and want to stand out, Morten Hansen will teach you to improve your performance at work and in personal life with the book "Great at Work".
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Morten Hansen beings the book "Great at Work" presenting the first 4 practices to guide you:
When you want to do more tasks at work, you automatically fall into some pitfalls. It is a fact that you perform better when you work more and assume more responsibilities, but there is a better way to do this, by doing less and being obsessed.
This way, you avoid the two main pitfalls, which are: not being able to allocate proper attention to each activity and the high complexity of tasks.
The great lesson of this practice is to eliminate the culture of just doing things for the sake of doing, and to focus on your priorities, making you dedicate yourself to the maximum to make them stand out.
Therefore, the author Morten Hansen proposes some ways to accomplish this:
According to the studies of Morten Hansen, the first step in redesigning your work is to analyze its real value. That means how much your work benefits other people.
A great way to start this journey is through the most obvious questions to ask in the workplace, and the ability to listen carefully to people's complaints. By doing so, it is possible to identify problems and solve them, creating value for others, as the author explains in the book "Great at Work".
We can do this by creating high-value activities, performing efficiently, and improving the quality of things.
One of the great secrets to learn is to repeat, because, as we all know, practice makes perfect.
However, the author Morten Hansen emphasizes the importance of practicing with quality, that is, focusing on how and not how much.
Some tips presented in the book "Great at Work" to help you learn with quality are:
Follow your passion and do what you love to have a fulfilling profession. But, according to the book "Great at Work", there are times when passion alone is not enough, something bigger is needed - the purpose.
When you combine these two sensations, your degree of capacity and energy increases. To develop them, the author suggests:
In the second part of the book "Great at Work", the author Morten Hansen presents the last 3 practices:
Most people make use of the good old-fashioned word-of-mouth to expose their ideas and achievements.
Morten Hansen says that people will forget what you said and what you did, but won't forget how you made them feel.
Thus, the best way to spark a feeling in someone is through inspiration and intelligent determination, that is:
Your mission is to increase the performance of your team! So, what's your attitude?
One of the likely actions will be to schedule a series of meetings with the best and brightest people.
It may even be possible to achieve a positive result. But the author Morten T. Hansen brings a much more effective way.
It consists of maximizing union and debate between teams. The most varied talents will make a difference, and a good alignment during this meeting will cause future meetings to be suspended.
The issue of meetings has to be taken very seriously, as many people think they can be unproductive. To face these obstacles and make good decisions, the main tips shared by Hansen in the book "Great at Work" are:
We have the belief that the more contribution, the better. But it is not like that, because, after all, both scarcity and excess are bad.
That's why we need to find a great point that guarantees true intelligent or disciplined collaboration.
This type of contribution consists of carefully choosing each of the tasks you want to participate or not and following specific rules that contribute to success.
With this, Morten Hansen presents us, in his book "Great at Work", 5 rules for us to achieve an efficient collaboration:
In this last part of the book "Great at Work", the author Morten Hansen brings 3 questions, which he answers through the conclusions of his research and the comparison between people who use normal practices and people who use his practice.
Any of us can become great at work and in life, all it takes is concentration and dedication to the 7 practices mentioned, until you master them.
The author Tim Ferriss says, in the book "The 4-Hour Workweek", you should escape the idea of "living for work". Instead, it should be "work for a living". Tim also says that the most valuable resource in our lives is time, not money. So, it is not worth spending so much time working to earn money without being able to enjoy everything it provides.
In the book "Make Time", the authors Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, 4 steps to be followed daily to find time to do what is really important. These steps are highlight, focus, energy, and reflection.
Also, they say that when prioritizing a task, you should choose the "highlight" of the day, and run it around an hour. For that, it takes a lot of energy, and it can come through daily exercises, a good diet, and regulated sleep.
Finally, Tamara Myles, author of the book, "The Secret to Peak Productivity", develops the "Peak Productivity Pyramid" system, whose model teaches you how to organize from where you work to what matters most and how to get closer to your life goals.
During his studies and research, Morten Hansen concluded that in all the 7 practices presented in the book "Great at Work", the people who applied the method proposed did much better than the ones who didn't.
So, there is no reason for you not to apply these practices in your life. So, start now to adopt these new habits, take small steps, and see how much more effective you will be in your work.
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