That unfinished podcast (with suggestions on how to improve at work)

I listened to a podcast just last week and I didn’t even get to finish it. I meant to resume it but the link no longer works (here’s the link just in case it ever becomes available again). But within the fifteen minutes I paid attention to, I got to hear the following tips in bold and jotted down a few notes (not so comprehensive as I was only passively listening).

  1. Don’t just learn, loop. – Do your job a little better every day.
  2. Do less, then obsess. – Be brutal in your prioritization. Saying yes to many things -> mediocrity. Master few things. Cut out all that other stuff.
  3. Become a forceful champion. – We achieve through others, we work with people we don’t have authority over… Inspire, build alliance.
  4. Fight and unite. – In good meetings, we are discussing (fight). Unite part is about decision, no undermining. [Link to YouTube video of author explaining Fight and Unite, around 3 mins]
  5. Disciplined collaboration. – Big problem is overcollaboration. Disciple the collaboration — on few things, most important things.
  6. Redesign your work. – Look into how can you do your work differently, better… frequently, not just annually.

The guest in the podcast was the author of the book and I had to google a bit to find out that the guest and book were Morten T. Hansen and Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers (2018). I also came across the video of the author explaining “Fight and Unite” (added the link above).

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