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How to have bigger impact in any part of your life
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2016
This book is for business leaders. And it is for any person, of any age, in any role, who wants their life to make a difference to others.
You can try out the “small acts” with almost no preparation. Just pick up one of them some morning and practice it throughout your day. Then try it again the next day. Pretty soon, you will get good at it, and others will benefit. Maybe they will even start practicing themselves.
Shawn Hunter has studied the powerful, small acts discovered by leaders he respects from around the world. Then practiced those acts himself. So he is writing out of the distilled wisdom of those who make a big difference in the world, and out of his own practice.
Hunter organizes the “small acts” in twelve categories: “Believe in Yourself; Build Confidence; Introduce Challenge; Express Gratitude; Fuel Curiosity; Grant Autonomy; Strive for Authenticity; Be Fully Present; Inspire Others; Clarify Roles; Defy Convention; Take a Break.”
Each category includes research findings on the effectiveness of certain practices; several moving and motivating stories from real life that illustrate the point; and small behaviors you can understand and practice today. The power of the practices is often illustrated through impactful performances in sports or extreme adventure as well as in business and industry. For example, a section on “Clarify Roles” includes a powerful story of dogsledding in northern Norway and relationships among people and animals there.
I recommend Small Acts to anyone who wants to improve their quality of life and leadership in any setting – family, community, politics, business, school, mountain climbing, environmental restoration, or spiritual quest.