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“Great Work” Reveals Five Difference-Making Skills From The Largest-Ever Study Of Award-Winning Work

Hardcover / 256 pages / US $25.00 / McGraw-Hill Professional / ISBN: 978-0071818353 / Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a world demanding more innovation faster from every organization, Great Work: How To Make a Difference People Love (McGraw-Hill Professional), is a landmark guide released today to help people everywhere become the catalysts for positive change their organizations need. The book, by employee engagement expert David Sturt with the O.C. Tanner Institute, mixes inspiration and aspiration with scientific research and profound business insights to help people ideate, innovate and deliver meaningful contributions at work.

Great Work is filled with stories of real people in real jobs who did what was asked and then added something extra to deliver better-than-asked-for results. Sturt’s insights come from The Great Work Study that includes an analysis of 1.7 million records of award-winning work from O.C. Tanner’s files; a survey of more than 1,000 employees, supervisors and beneficiaries of great work; and more than 200 one-on-one interviews with people who made a difference.

The book is a quick, entertaining read that goes beyond merely inspiring people to make a difference by laying out two key mindsets and five skills difference makers use to create work that peers, leaders and customers love. The book will help readers learn:

“The five skills in Great Work profoundly increase the likelihood of anyone, from any background, being able to deliver a difference people love,” Sturt says. “I hope readers come away knowing there’s great work only they can do, and the world needs them to do it.”

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About the Author

David Sturt is an executive vice president of the O.C. Tanner company. His career began in market research, where he studied and analyzed the effects of people being recognized for great work. In the two decades since, he has researched and developed several multi-million dollar services that engage employees, inspire above and beyond contribution, and reward outstanding results in organizations around the world. He regularly consults with Fortune 1000 company leaders and speaks at conferences across the United States, Canada and the UK. He is a contributor on and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Human Capital and other media outlets. Readers can connect with David on Twitter via @david_sturt.

About the O.C. Tanner Institute

The O.C. Tanner Institute is committed to researching and sharing insights that help organizations inspire and appreciate great work. The institute provides a global forum for exchanging ideas about recognition, engagement, leadership, culture, human values and sound business principles. Sponsorship includes the annual Executive Recognition Summit attended by senior executives from around the world; the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, an endowed lectureship at nine prestigious universities; numerous global recognition research studies; and many best-selling books, including The Carrot Principle. More information is available at


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