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Midlife Transition and how most of us don't do enough great work

In this interview, Michael Bungay Stanier talks about midlife transition and getting unstuck and the core message of his new book, Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters. Most of us do far too much good work (useful, productive work) or bad work (a waste of time, energy, and life) and not enough great or meaningful work.

Midlife transition can be painful

Midlife crisis (we call it "transition") can be a very uncomfortable place - a "neutral zone" and time of uncertainty. Michael talks about his own great work in getting people unstuck.

About Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons.

Michael was the 2006 Canadian Coach of the Year. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and holds a Masters of Philosophy from Oxford, and law and arts degrees with highest honors from the Australian National University.

He created Get Unstuck & Get Going on the stuff that matters, a multi-award-winning coaching program and tool that’s being used in organizations around the world. Leading management thinker Peter Block says it has “a quiet political message in it that coaching is available to all of us and is not a profession but a way of being with each other.”

He also created The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun, The 5 3/4 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding, The Great Work Movie, and their latest film, The Alchemy of Great Work, short internet movies that have been seen by well over a million people in at least 175 countries. They can all be viewed for free at www.BoxofCrayonsMovies.com or on YouTube.

Michael’s latest book is Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters. (Workman Press, 2010) a revised and expanded version of Find Your Great Work (Box of Crayons Press, 2009).

Michael is a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences. Recently he has spoken at the SHRM, the OD Network, and the International Coaching Federation conferences.

Prior to founding Box of Crayons, Michael held senior positions in the corporate, consultancy and agency worlds in the UK, the United States and Canada.

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