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The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal Paperback – January 3, 2005
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The authors, founders of and executives at LGE Performance Systems, an executive training program based on athletic coaching programs, offer a program aimed at stressed individuals who want to find more purpose in their work and ways to better handle their overburdened relationships. Just as athletes train, play and then recover, people need to recognize their own energy levels. "Balancing stress and recovery is critical not just in competitive sports, but also in managing energy in all facets of our lives. Emotional depth and resilience depend on active engagement with others and with our own feelings." Case studies demonstrate how some modest changes can have an immediate impact. Loehr (Mental Toughness Training for Sports) and Schwartz (Art of the Deal, writing with Donald Trump) also include a chart highlighting Action Steps, Targeted Muscle, Desired Outcome and Performance Barrier and apply these tenets to individual cases. A chart analyzing the benefits and costs to taking certain action shows the impact negative behavior can have on both physical and mental well-being. However, the actual "training program" whereby readers can learn how to institute certain rituals to change their behavior is less well-defined. Managers and other employees who have attended HR seminars may find this plan easy to use, but self-employed people and others less familiar with "training" may be unable to recognize their behavior patterns and change them.
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For 25 years, Loehr and Schwartz have conducted intensive training with professional athletes to help them perform at peak levels under intense competitive pressures. They are not involved in the physical training process, however. Their intervention focuses on effective management of our most precious resource, our energy. They have found to their surprise that the performance demands most people face in their everyday work environments are often tougher than those professional athletes face. Because athletes train constantly, they are more prepared, whereas most people are in the work game 8 to 12 hours a day with little or no training at all. Most of us are constantly trying to manage time; here, the authors have instead set out a prescription for managing energy on every level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. You are likely to find some of yourself in one of the many case studies they provide to illustrate their techniques. Some of what they say is reminiscent of Tony Robbins' self-help material, but without all the hype it's easier to digest. David Siegfried
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I thought about my personal capacity long before reading about it, and I have prayed nightly since high school to be stronger mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. I
They further state that there are natural cycles of expending and recovering energy. We are all very good at expending energy, but very few have any specific techniques for recovery. Like anything else in life, if we are going do it effectively, we need to create habits and aid in the recovery of energy. The authors call it rituals. We need to work riturals into our daily routines so we automatically take breaks that aid in the recovery of energy.
While we all think of physical energy, there are other areas of our lives where we need to manage the energy: the emotional, mental and spiritual.
As I said the concept is new for most of us, but it has actually been around for some time. Leonardo da Vinci said, "The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less. It is a very good plan every now and then to go way and have a little relaxation. ... When you come back to the work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose the power of judgment."
There is also a significant discussion about intrinsic purpose. "Nowhere are the limits of an external source of purpose so clear as with money. While money serves as a primary source of motivation and an ongoing preoccuptaion for many of us, researchers have found almost no corelation between income levels and happiness. ... Between 1957 and 1990, per person income in the US doubled. Not only did people's reported levels of happiness fail to increase at all during the same period, but the rates of depression grew nearly tenfold. The incidence of divorce, suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse also rose dramatically."
They further write, "The point is that we feel more passion for and derive more pleasure from doing what we freely choose and most enjoy."
The book is well written, with plenty of examples. I highly recommend it.
I was pretty surprised by some of the other reviews. While a lot of people appreciated this book as much as I did, it seems that those who have read a lot of self help books were less impressed. To be candid, I don't read many self help books and can't comment from that perspective. But if you are burning the candle at both ends and wondering if there might be a better way, this book offers a real solution and the authors back their prescription with data I found quite compelling.
I've given this book as a gift more than a dozen times. And more than half those people told me it changed their lives in a dramatic way. The book takes about two hours to read cover-to-cover and you will know in 30 minutes if this is going to change your life or not. On a risk/return basis, I can't imagine a more attractive investment opportunity...
PS. My sister is a writer in NYC and couldn't be further from a corporate athlete...and she loved the book as well. It didn't change her life like it changed mine, but she was able to gain real value from the book.
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