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Michael Bungay Stanier

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Don’t get bogged down in your chair today. Keep moving. Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin Read More

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What could you envision? Where could it take you?
 

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What event – big or small – has played a role in your success?

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Are you backing yourself?

Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. We get in our way, we doubt ourselves, we downplay our talents. Can you imagine what might be different if you fully backed yourself? Here’s some inspiration.

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What should you guard ferociously today? (Not just things. Consider your time, your self-regard, your integrity, your courage.) Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free Read More

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Great Work Provocation

What dynamic changes when you are accountable?
 

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How will you stay safe today?
 

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Michael’s Sign Language

Who would you call? Who can you reach out to for help today, emergency or not? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share Read More

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Michael’s Sign Language

Where are you over-extended? Where’s the safer space to be today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Read More

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Great Work Provocation

Is there something you should be leaving at the door? Whenever we assume something about a situation, our abilities or the abilities of others, it limits innovation, possibilities and our Great Work. What assumptions should you be challenging today?

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Michael’s Sign Language

In what area do you need to accelerate today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway Read More

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Great Work Provocation

What would happen if you mixed things up today?

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Michael’s Sign Language

I found this encouragement in the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. Before you think about winning and losing … are you clear what game you’re playing? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of Read More

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Great Work Provocation

What you want to happen, and what IS happening may not be so far apart.
 

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Michael’s Sign Language

Today, see if you can reorient your self. Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you Read More

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Michael’s Sign Language

How will you bring your plenty today?!
 

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Great Work Provocation

What do you need to add? Or take away?
 

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Michael’s Sign Language

How can you “hack” your day to be more productive? How can you innovate? What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the Read More

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Great Work Provocation

Who’s up for being a pirate today?

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Michael’s Sign Language

Stop tolerating stuff. What needs to be flushed away today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin Read More

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Great Work Provocation

Challenge assumptions and perceptions today. How can you rearrange the familiar in a new, unexpected way?

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Michael’s Sign Language

If you had just 2 hours today what would you do? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Read More

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Great Work Provocation

What are you telling yourself? Are you being your own harshest critic? It’s time to silence the negative self-talk. Stop tripping yourself up and get out of your own way. Get rid of the behaviours that are not serving you Read More

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Great Work Provocation

Look around. You’re not in this alone. Take advantage of the valuable people on your team. Rally them around your project!

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I’m always trying to up my level of sophistication. What’s the high class thing to do today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to Read More

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Great Work Provocation

Are your efforts worth it? What tough decision do you need to be making right now?

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Michael’s Sign Language

IKEA wisdom from one of their duvets I recently bought. I’m not sure what “fuffness” means exactly … but what do you need to do to regain your correct shape and fuffness? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Read More

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Michael’s Sign Language

Time for a mutiny? What needs to be rebelled against?

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Michael’s Sign Language

What needs to be planted now for future reaping? What needs to be nourished now for future growth? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free Read More

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Michael’s Sign Language

How might you be a target? Time to duck? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine.  

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Great Work Provocation

Have you been resisting out of fear of change? What could be accomplished if you stopped resisting?

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22 years

It’s 22 years since the VP of Everything Else (and now the CEO) of Box of Crayons and I hooked up in Oxford. Hurrah! Habitation, by Margaret Atwood   Marriage is not a house or even a tent   it Read More

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Great Work Provocation

Are you playing it too safe? What would happen if you shook things up and took a step outside your comfort zone?

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All Great Work starts with a question, a curiosity and a desire to do something differently. What are you questioning? How are you inviting curiosity into your workplace?

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Where can you focus your efforts? What choices are more meaningful?

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Today, how could you work less hard but have more impact? Where is your energy wasted?
 
 

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Look for those little moments to make a connection with someone. How can you be authentic today?
 

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Where’s the value? What is it that people want and how can you help them tap into that? Supporting others in their goals can be beneficial to you, the team and your organization.  

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Michael’s Sign Language

What’s the next best version of what you’re currently doing? How will morph, grow and develop? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share Read More

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Michael’s Sign Language

Where’s the boundary? Will you cross it or not? Conversely, where have you drawn the line? What will you say “no way” to, today?

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Great Work Provocation

What’s happening in your workplace? Are you awash in the “same old, same old” of everyday tactics or are you getting strategic about how to accomplish your Great Work?

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

Today, lift your game. Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like…

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

What would serve you best today? To float like a butterfly or sting like a bee? (This picture comes courtesy of UBS’s incredible modern art collection.) Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

How do you need to stay safe today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

Where do you plan to be by the end of the day? What rules can you break along the way? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

So what are you waiting for? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like…

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

Where are you headed? How can you get there beautifully? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

Get out of the office and work somewhere new and different today. Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

What is it time to discard? (Stuff. People. Beliefs. Habits.) Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

What is it time to embrace? How about you welcome it in? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

Keep going! Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you li

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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Michael’s Sign Language

What do you need to back away from today? What could you move towards instead? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – … Continue reading

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Great Work Provocation

What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin … Continue reading

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