- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119111153
- ISBN-13: 978-1119111153
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
The 5 Gears are Powerful, Practical and Useful Right Away
After sharing the 5 Gears with thousands of people around the world, we've seen incredible transformation happening. Parents are reconnecting with their kids, spouses are having fun again, and teams are reaching unparalleled levels of performance and productivity at work.
Here's a snapshot of the gears:
5th Gear: Learn to Get 'In the Zone'.
Do you have trouble getting 'in the zone'? This is where 5th gear can help. Time flies by, you get things done, and progress is made.
4th Gear: Leading in a Task World.
Most adults spend their day multi-tasking with phone calls, emails, chores and more. Learning how to manage 4th gear correctly is key for maximum productivity
3rd Gear: Why Being Social Matters.
Third Gear is all about being social and building friendships. It happens in coffee shops, at dinner parties and other social gatherings, and it's the secret ingredient in business that many people overlook.
2nd Gear: Connecting Deeply.
How often do you have deep, refreshing conversations? Do you really know how to be present with others? This is 2nd gear.
1st Gear: Learn How to Recharge.
Most people struggle to truly recharge. Learn how successful people take time to rest and recharge so they can give their families, teams and friends their best.
Reverse: Learn How to Apologize.
Most people struggle with backing up and apologizing. Reverse is all about owning your mistakes and moving forward in a healthy way.
Using these gears consistently allows you to bring a new level of relational intelligence to your life that offers a competitive advantage in our task-driven world.
All too often people go through life without truly connecting—and can, as a result, miss out on experiences and relationships that have the power to bring them great joy. By understanding how the five gears presented in this engaging book work, you can improve your ability to connect with the world around you.
“I think the idea of the ‘5 Gears’ is spot on and introducing the theory to the people you live and work with will help you to gain a better understanding of each other.” (Quality World, March 2016)
From the Inside Flap
People around the world struggle with work/life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders from around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.
While many people focus on adding a new time management method to their lives, Kubicek and Cockram have gone to the source of conflict and created a common language that, if implemented, will decrease drama and insecurity and instill a secure confidence that people everywhere need.
The leaders of GiANT Worldwide, Kubicek and Cockram share stories of successful transformation and leadership skill that will help you master the art of being present with those you lead. The 5 Gears are highly transferrable and are designed to be sticky and memorable. You will inevitably experience these results as you add your own story of what being in the right gear at the right time does to your influence and respect.
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First, of course, one should go out and learn to drive a stick shift. That helps the book make more sense.
Overall: like most business/leadership books, the length is doubled by testimonials and case stories. That's okay, because these flesh out how the principles worked in individual lives. If you are a facts-without-stories person, skip them. The book reads faster that way. But then you'll miss some good inspiration along the way.
The principles are drawn from the image of a stick-shift, and how there are times we need to be working through the gears of life to make progress. If we try and start out in fourth gear, we stall out.
One thing I especially liked was how Kubicek worked to draw out differences in how this looks for introverts and extroverts. Obviously, a book has to be broadly-aimed and use some generalizations, but this helped narrow a few points for my use.
I'd highly recommend this book, especially for those trying to work in an unstructured environment.
5th gears and more importantly I saw and understood where my areas of weakness were, 2&3 gears. This read has given me a clear challenge to change those areas of weakness which will make me a better husband, father and leader. And better yet it has provided a template on how to make these necessary changes. I picked this book up as a leadership read but found it to be applicable to all areas of my life
; husband, father, leader, friend.