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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 was fortunate enough to see this book and its author on Oprah a week ago and immediately purchased the book. I recently started a dedicated fitness and nutrition program (in the past 6 months) and this book was a perfect compliment to it. The key message here is that you cannot "perform" successfully in any aspect of your life if you do not direct positive energy towards it, and you WILL burn out if you don't make time to walk away and relax. On the same hand, if you direct your energy towards negative things (worrying, office gossip, paranoia) those things will "grow" and continue to envelop you and distract you from those things that are positive and desired.
I'm recommending that we implement key principles from this book into my company's management development initiatives (go to the author's website linked here on Amazon for more details) as I think it's a good supplement to our time management training and helps direct managers and employees towards a balance in their work, their personal lives and the goals and objectives they want to achieve successfully in both areas.
I listened to this book on CD, then borrowed the book from the library, and then bought the book as a reference. I would highly recommend it to any entrepreneur or individual who feels they spend too much time working
I love innovative books, when you're reading a book a day like I am, it's hard to be impressed with ideas that you've read in 4-5 other books, this book is the exception.
I realize that most of us have a focus on managing our time, schedules, meetings, and not what the author Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz suggest which is manage your energy.
There are so many examples that answered literally every question and objection I had regarding managing time vs energy.
He links that full engagement as a person takes successful energy management.
He shows how there are 4 dimensions of energy: body, emotion, mind and spirit. (no new age information here!)
He focuses on performance and precision and gives many exercises and a solid system to follow.
I will also say this is a great dinner conversation book, I have had many conversations about the ideas in this book and it's absolutely entrepreneur reading material, mom material and the rest that have a will for full engagement with their life, life's work and relationships around them.
Old school think Time is how to pace yourself.
Truth is energy paces you.
What I didn’t know is that 4 dimensions of energy and how I can improve on each.
This book will give you confidence and make a 10 house workday really 10 whole hours.
Spend the $10, if your serious about working smarter and balanced - you can’t miss it.
It’s so good, I want to take the full course from the company but it costs like $5000+, but not now.
* Also this is in more detail then the audible version. So buy the Print as well as the Audible!
Life is good!
As a strength and conditioning coach this is a practice I have been using for a number of years when it comes to physical training but I have never applied or thought about applying this theory to the other dimensions of performance and life, although which now seem blindingly obvious! Using the workout out and then recovery of physical training metaphor for the other areas in life applies just as much or even more
The book talks about managing energy not time but I read into that you need to do both at the same time and is based around the theory of productivity. You have to apply the most amount or smartest amount of effort in the time allotted to complete a task by setting an objective or purpose for it. Setting a goal for each task in every realm is essential in staying focused on the job at hand and being cognoscente of not putting too much energy into one realm and ignoring the others. By applying the most effort at the task in hand, work, relationships and recovery become a series of sprints rather than a drawn out endurance event. .
Being the best person you can be while doing the task, focusing on what and how are you going to do something is the most important factor if achieving the goal in a balanced way is to be accomplished, you can’t just go through the motions. Successful people have the balance and make sure their recovery is a productive as possible.