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Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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"Micro-Resilience is a powerful book that will help you rethink the drive-until-you-drop approach to work. By reframing your thinking in the way St. John and Haines describe, you can learn to learn bounce back from setbacks and create a life of power and meaning."―Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human
"Micro-Resilience is a transformative program that doesn't force you to change, but instead enhances the resources you already have to give you much more focus and energy."―Walter Isaacson, author of STEVE JOBS, CEO Aspen Leadership Institute, former CEO of CNN and TIME Magazine
"Read + Heed the inspirational stories and insights shared in Micro-Resilience. Doing so will result in you having the courage to face adversity plus the confidence to manage, adapt and respond to whatever 'disruptions' life sends your way."―Kevin Carroll, author, speaker, change agent
"We may learn best from our failures. But our successes require that we reach down deep and muster the resilience to act on what we have learned. In Micro-Resilience, Bonnie St. John and Allen Haines not only inspire us that we can be better, they illuminate the path forward."―Gary Heil, founder of The Center for Innovative Leadership
"Bonnie St. John has focused on how to increase hour-by-hour resilience, which is critical in today's world. Her approach integrates science-based, intentional and immediate recoveries and has broad application to health care and other service industries that count on teams to deliver their best. Micro-Resilience is a great example of a 21st century solution to meet our 21st century challenges and opportunities."―Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
About the Author
Amputee/Olympian/Rhodes Scholar Bonnie St. John is a keynote speaker and leadership consultant who has guided individuals--from Fortune 500 C-Suites to start-up entrepreneurs--to their performance goals. Her broad media exposure includes People, Forbes, Essence, The NY Times, Today, CNN, CBS News, PBS, and NPR. NBC News called her, "One of the five most inspiring women in America."
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Overall this is a decent introduction to productivity and self-care for people who have hit a wall with their conventional coping techniques, but if you are a seasoned fan of the genre, I prefer "How to Have a Good Day" by Caroline Webb.
You have done just a super job and it is a great companion to my book, Your Resiliency GPS.
Contrary to what most people believe multitasking is not the answer. People are exhausted as a result of trying to multitask. I thought one of the really good examples in the book is when one of the ladies was told that her chances for promotion were limited because of her tendency to do too many things. She was perceived as a worker and not a strategic thinker.
I have been a big supporter of writing things down and notetaking since I've been using the seven minute difference planner. The authors refer to this as Offload ReFocus. There is research that explains the benefits of notetaking which is why we see people who feel the need to draw on the whiteboard or take notes as they're talking. This helps them to think better and more creatively. There are also benefits of your brain knowing that you have stuff in one place. Your mind does not have to worry about trying to remember it.
In Decision Refocus, the authors discuss the phenomenon of decision fatigue and how our ability to make good decisions can be impacted throughout the day. The example that doctors prescribed more medicine later in the day than they did in the morning due to decision fatigue was shocking. They present tips that help improve your decision-making by viewing scenes of nature, stopping for short periods of rest, and increasing glucose levels. In addition, make decisions early in the morning and pay attention to your decision fatigue and of those around you. Simplify your office and your routines wherever possible so that it requires fewer decisions. I've even heard people talking about reducing their wardrobe so there were fewer decisions about what to wear in the morning. They also encourage you to train people on your team to make decisions. This helps you make fewer decisions and empowers them to make more decisions which increase their decision-making ability.
In Exercise refocus, they talk about the fact that walking and exercise can increase creativity. It didn't matter if the walking was on a treadmill or outside on a beautiful day. Exercise generated improvement in thinking skills to include faster mental processes, enhance memory storage and retrieval and increased creative thinking. So last week when I made the decision not to run before work because I had an important meeting that day was not a good decision. I would have been more clear headed if I had ran. Now we know we should make a point to exercise on the days we need our brain power the most. However don't overdo it if you push yourself to the point of exhaustion that can hinder your brain power. They also recommend developing exercises that you can do in your office throughout the day.
Chapter 3 is about resetting your primitive alarms: stop your emotions from being hijacked. They talk about the excruciating toil on your energy, focus, and health that worry has. The stress hormones from worrying can suppress your immune system, change your muscles, and put you on edge. You suffer from the same signs of dealing with a crisis even though one never existed, except in your mind.
Conscious relaxation reset. One of the Tips is learning how to breathe from your diaphragm. This is the third book I've read lately that's talked about how important breathing is to our overall health both mental and physical. We should really take this seriously. There's also smells that can help you relax; for example cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. However each person may have their own scents that help relax them. For some people music will relax them. The key is to learn what your relaxing triggers are so that you can be prepared to utilize them when needed.
Power pose reset. Many people have talked about the Ted talk around power poses and body language.
Reframe your attitude and spiral into the positive.
‘pessimist may be right more often but optimist are more successful.”
Joy kit Reframe - Some of the tips are having a kit of things that will help put you into a more positive frame of mind. For each person that will look a little differently; whether it's crazy cat pictures or memorabilia from your favorite vacation. Learn what helps put you in a better frame of mind and be prepared to pull it out when needed.
In Daily Reframe they suggested making a list daily of three things you're grateful for and writing three emails to people who have done good things for you and telling them why you appreciate them.
Refresh your body provided tips on making sure you have good hydration and making sure that your blood sugar stays consistent. A recommendation is to carry food with you which is something I have a habit of doing.
They have a chapter on purpose and the "detective questions” to ask yourself to help you align with your purpose if you are not sure what it is. When you know your purpose, then the challenge is to look at how you spend your time and does it align with your purpose. Start eliminating things that don’t align with your purpose.
There's a great appendix and checklist in the back that are very helpful because they summarize the tips in the chapters. You don't have to work on everything at one time; pick out the thing you'd like to focus on first and then as you start to see improvement you can move onto another one. The appendix is a great place to reference back when you want a refresher for your next area to improve on.
This is my review of Micro Resilience by Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines. They mentioned that with today's workforce we need more people skills and conceptual skills than ever before. This requires resilience and the book offers practical tips that any of us can incorporate into our lives.
I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.
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Bonnie St John & Allen P. Haines give us an engaging and valuable book, they delve into interesting neuroscience research, psychology and physiology, and develop 5 fast techniques designed to accelerate our recovery from the challenges of everyday life; very useful since we live more agitated lives in the cities and we need to be more efficient.
Although at times the information seems somewhat redundant, it really has a didactic objective, enriched with examples of people who benefited from the program taught by the authors, many suggestions and practical solutions, and with a useful summary at the end of each chapter, in addition a quick reference guide recompiling all the key points.
I highly recommend this book to coaches, educators, employees, college students, CEOs and managers, etc. ... as we all face difficult situations daily whether at home, school, organization or in the workplace. Anyone can benefit from the strategies provided here because they allow you to perceive the problems - challenges and situations that drain your energy - from a different perspective where you are able to change your thought patterns and get going fast, renew your energy, your positive focus , and be efficient again.
My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
Under the frameworks of Refocus Brain, Reset Primitive Alarms, Reframe Attitude, Refresh Body, and Renew Spirit, St. John presents testimonial stories, ways to recover between activities that require a large amount of mental focus or physical stress, and tips for productive exercise sessions, eating well, meditation, healthful sleep, keeping emotions in check, finding one's purpose, and proper hydration.