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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Attention is a “little-noticed and underrated mental asset,” sorely tested among modern distractions but essential to success in work, play, relationships, and self-awareness, asserts Goleman, psychologist, journalist, and author of Emotional Intelligence (1995). In fact, the ability to focus, more than IQ or social background, is the key to performance and success. Neuroscience, case studies, and personal experience contribute to Goleman’s exploration of focus, which includes concentration, selective attention, open awareness, self-awareness, empathy, and systems awareness. He breaks them down to inner, other, and outer focus. Among examples of the significance of focus: a doctor’s ability to shut down emotions to focus on gory medical procedures; an epidemiologist’s attention to patterns and systems to track the human connections that lead to global pandemics; and a gamer’s focus on spatial perception, decision making, and ability to track objects. In commerce, education, sports, and personal life, Goleman offers concepts and techniques, including mindfulness and meditation, to train ourselves to be more focused, exercising those areas of the brain involved in focusing attention. An engaging, wide-ranging look at attention and intelligence. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Daniel Goleman has surpassed himself in the breadth, depth, and readability of this fascinating meditation on what is most important for human, organizational, and planetary flourishing. Focusshows us how to go about paying attention in all the ways that really matter.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and author of Mindfulness for Beginners Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and author of Mindfulness for Beginners Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based St)
“With compelling insights, wide-ranging examples, and cutting-edge science, Daniel Goleman makes the convincing case that the ability to focus is a key to excellence, in both our personal and professional lives-and also explains how to boost that focus.” (Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project)
“Daniel Goleman has written the perfect prescription for today’s deficit of attention in business and life....Highly recommended!” (Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Peak and Emotional Equations)
“Goleman has provided a highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while.” (Financial Times)
“I’ve been studying attention for more than a decade, but I learned something new on every page of Focus. It is a powerful guide for taking control of our attention and will lead you to nothing less than taking control of your life.” (Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement and CEO of The Energy Project)
“Attention is so important that ordinary people take it for granted, while scientists subject it to microanalysis. Steering deftly between these extremes, Dan Goleman synthesizes what is known and what we need to know.” (Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Howard Garnder, John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Educati)
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There are also engaging stories, references to a wealth of books and articles that I now want to read, and many interesting metaphors such as "Emotional aperture;" this is the ability to perceive subtle cues in a group, which operates a bit like a camera. We can zoom in to focus on one person's feelings, as the author says, or zoom out to take in the collective-- whether a classroom or a work group. There are also refreshing turns of phrases, such as a saying that "When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he sees are the pockets." Well worth reading.
Well, empathy; Taking the time to really understand how someone is hurting or feeling joy creates a healthy work atmosphere so we can help each other be are best. In practical terms studies show that Doctors that connect (sympathetic look, or asking questions, how is your ...) with their patients are less likely to get sued. I am sure this is true of other professions.
This book explains how our 'first' brain (which is created in the womb first.. before the Grey matter (the new or second brain... we think of as our brain which develops second)...This first brain is what makes a sports athlete #1. The number of repetitions done becomes automatic which is important for the "quarterback, tennis champ, baseball player etc because as soon as we THINK of how we SHOULD do something we use our grey matter brain and most likely flub up.
I agree and laughed with the reviewer who pointed out that for a book on Focus, this book wanders. To be honest I didn't take time think through how I might have re-organized the presentation for better results -- so maybe it could be better organized and maybe not. Nonetheless, the approach to the subject was still interesting and the vignettes on point and instructive.
I ESPECIALLY recommend this book for all teachers and any parents of ADD children. However, I also recommend it to all readers. I will be looking at this author's other works.
I can relate more comfortably to a broader range of people by recognizing my perceived comfort zone as an illusion. Open to greater possibilities.