Episode #1392 Morten Hansen: Great at Work

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Acclaimed management thinker, Morten Hansen joins Moe Abdou to explore the modern framework for individual greatness at work.


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Morten Hansen

Management Professor, Author, Consultant View Full Profile

Achieving enduring greatness at work

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 17 years since Jim Collins’ acclaimed management book - Good To Great:  Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t redefined the business vernacular.  It not only presented convincing evidence of the path to greatness; more importantly, it gave each of us a framework by which we can improve our own odds of business success.  

As is the case with other timeless wisdom, Collins’ research is as timely and relevant today as it was back in 2001; still the one elusive ingredient that I’ve always found missing was a greater understanding of the DNA shaping the extraordinary individuals running those companies. As one who’s fascinated by human potential, I was thrilled to learn about University of California at Berkeley professor, Morten Hansen’s commitment to decoding individual excellence; and as you’ll discover in this conversation and in his latest book - Great at Work:  How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More - it’s a matter of subtraction.  Here are a few of the key questions we explore:

  • Why the highest achievers do less and obsess?
  • Why outcomes are deceptive & provide an incomplete measure of success?
  • Why following your passion is totally wrong?
  • The essential ingredient that will make you a better learner?
  • How Level 5 leaders lead in modern times?
  • The one thing you have to get right to collaborate more effectively?  
  • Why believing in your own genius is a dangerous thinking model?