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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (January 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591399238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591399230
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a great book with some great ideas on how to manage groups that aren’t just Dilbert clones." - Portland Book Review

About the Author


Edward M. Hallowell M.D. is a psychiatrist, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, which serves individuals with emotional and learning problems. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 20 years. He has written two popular Harvard Business Review articles and authored 13 books, including the national bestseller Driven to Distraction.


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I am a child and adult psychiatrist with private practices in Sudbury, Mass as well as on the upper west side in New York City. Both practices operate under the name The Hallowell Center, where we offer diagnosis and a range of treatments for ADHD and learning problems in children and adults. I also am a writer and a speaker. I am married to Sue Hallowell, a social worker and a therapist. We have been married for 24 years and have 3 children, Lucy, now 23, Jack, 20, and Tucker, 17 (as of April, 2013).
The major theme that runs through all my work is the magical power of the human connection, and the power of positive connections of all kinds. I also specialize in learning differences and have written books about how to deal best with attention deficit disorder, a condition that I regard as a potential gift, if it handled correctly. Having both ADHD and dyslexia myself, I am particularly qualified to help people with these conditions bring out their best
I welcome hearing from readers. Just send me an email to drhallowell@gmail.com or visit my website at drhallowell.com




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This is a great book for anyone in a leadership role, looking to get the most out of the people with whom they work.
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In summary, I give this book 5 stars not only because the ideas and lessons within it actually work, but also because it is an enjoyable read.
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I have a strong bend for positive psychology, particularly the intersection of business management and brain science.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heidi G. on January 23, 2011
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I received this book, Shine, as a new years gift from a friend who, like myself, also happens to be a business executive. With it he included a brief explanation of the wealth of innovative, powerful and easy to use principles it contains.
I couldn't agree more.
In an entertaining and user-friendly format Hallowell teaches how to develop a more enjoyable and productive work environment for both yourself and those you manage.
I immediately began implementing a small portion of what I learned from this book about making positive connections and improving my communication style. I am pleasantly surprised to have found, in just a few weeks, how my connections with several of my direct reports are beginning to strengthen in a way that feels natural and comfortable to me. I NEVER would have thought to do this prior to reading Shine. There are other equally superb lessons in this book about how to empower others to work smarter and more efficiently; and providing simple to execute opportunities for employees to enjoy more positive experiences at work.
In summary, I give this book 5 stars not only because the ideas and lessons within it actually work, but also because it is an enjoyable read.
This book should be equally useful to executives, middle managers and everyone else who wants to help others or themselves "SHINE" more brightly in the workplace and in life.
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I agree with Edward Hallowell: "Put simply, the best managers bring out the best from their people. This is true of football coaches, orchestra conductors, big-company executives, and small-business owners. They are like alchemists who turn lead into gold. Put more accurately, they find and mine the gold that resides in everyone."

Of course, that is also a worthy objective for managers: to find and mine the "gold" within themselves as well as within others...and then refine it. There is an additional dimension of engagement that should also be mentioned, suggested by the fact that parents raise future wives and mothers as well as daughters and future husbands and fathers as well as sons: In a role in which they do resemble alchemists, the best managers help those entrusted to their care to become effective managers.

Hallowell suggests a five-step process "to ignite peak performance." He devotes a separate chapter to each step: (1) Select high potentials and align their strengths with the work for which they are best suited, (2) establish and then continue to strengthen connections with those who are managed as well as between and among them, and meanwhile (3) ensure that the work environment is one that stimulates and nourishes "imaginative engagement" (i.e. play); (4) create conditions in which people are encouraged to "grapple and grow" by taking prudent risks that are exciting learning opportunities, and (5) do anything and everything possible to help people "shine" with pride in what they have achieved, joy in having done it with pleasure, and confidence that that this "Cycle of Excellence" will be self-perpetuating.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Malte Holm on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We all have talent in us and the will to improve. It's a matter of how you explore the factors that unleash our fullest potential and this is something that can be taught, and done, through a 5-step process leading to what the author calls "The Cycle of Excellence". Ned Hallowell takes us through the five steps, Select, Connect, Play, Grapple and Grow, and Shine to show how small, individual activities can make a significant change in people's lives, and improve performance.

This is a book full of "aha moments" and the reader is taken through real-world examples and punctual ideas that can be applied instantly, to make sure employees and teams are doing what they love, feel connected to others, use their creativeness to explore new things, have new challenges everyday, and are being recognized constantly for improvements, milestones and a job well done.

A very recommended book I would locate right next to Liz Wiseman's excellent read Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter as an additional resource for managing talent and getting the best out of everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. Massey on April 24, 2013
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Whatever "science" this is based on is invisible and the book is lightweight aimed at motivating with paragraph after paragraph that add nothing except pages to fufill the editor's requirement. Read Antonio Damasio and forget this guy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on December 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell starts by offering new information about human cognition and moves into explaining how to manage people better based on systematically applying fresh findings in neuroscience. He also confirms or debunks some earlier concepts about cognition. Hallowell goes on to suggest a solid, five-step, scientifically grounded "Cycle of Excellence" that managers can use to improve performance and productivity. The advice is clear and cumulative: find the right job fit, build connection, foster play, commit to work and reward excellence. getAbstract recommends his perceptive advice to those who are interested in the science behind human motivation, including human resource officers and managers seeking to bring out the very best in their employees, allowing them to "shine" in their everyday work.
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