Most of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.
In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.
In What Anyone Can Do, with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.
The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?
Originally, the bottom piece of the totem pole was actually viewed as the most critical structure of the totem pole. They would contract the best artists to carve out what would end up being the foundation of the entire piece. Somewhere along the lines we’ve lost sight of this concept and have begun undervaluing the critical role that each of us plays, regardless of title or hierarchy. We’ve handed over our power to be an “employee” vs. business owner. But the workplace is going through a revolution. We are experiencing more career fluidity than ever before. Organizations are getting flatter and flatter. At the same time, we are coming out of a tradition of extremely high levels of command and control that were great for efficiency when the work place was a simple assembly line structure, but severely limits the productivity of our current complex work environments. You owe it to yourself to take ownership of your work back, regardless if you are a an independent contractor, run your own business, or set up shop under the umbrella of a larger organization; you are a business owner. This book provides a road map where there is none. The tips, insights, and real-world examples are set up to help any individual carve out their own path, regardless if they are currently working in a job to make ends meet, sitting in an executive leadership position trying to carve out a stronger brand and broader influence, or a career “employee” getting ready to reinvent into the next chapter of work successfully.