Make Work Matter Conversation Guide

Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World was written by Michaela O’Donnell, executive director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. This Conversation Guide is designed for those facilitating conversations on the book. The suggested discussion prompts and questions will work best for those who have read the assigned chapter and completed the exercise at the end of the chapter. However, you can frame some of the prompts and questions by giving a quick recap of the chapter and highlighting key ideas.

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This downloadable PDF gives you prompts and questions to help you facilitate conversations based on this book.

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Cohort Experiences

Here at the De Pree Center, we believe that some of the most transformative learning happens in the company of others. That’s why we offer cohort experiences—small groups of people on a journey together under the care of a trained guide. Beginning in 2023, we will offer three cohorts: Road Ahead, Go the Distance, and Third Third Flourishing.