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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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“If nothing succeeds like success, it is equally true that nothing fails like excess. Because change requires moving beyond our comfort zone, it is best initiated in small and manageable increments.”
~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement
The Power of Full Engagement is a *great* book.
I read it on my Kindle and I basically highlighted half the book. It’s so densely packed with Big Ideas we can apply to our lives that, if you’re feelin’ low on energy or if you’re the kinda person who likes to play full out and is always looking for ways to optimize, this book is on the “must buy” list. :)
Grounded in the research and consulting they’ve done with the world’s greatest athletes, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz provide a set of Ideas and tools to help “Corporate Athletes” function at optimal levels of performance. At the heart of their wisdom is the fact that: “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.”
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. Full Engagement: - The 4 Principles.
2. Sprinters - vs Marathoners.
3. The Pulse of Life - Honor it.
4. Points - & The time between ‘em.
5. Drink Plenty of Water! - And other tips. :)
(More goodness--including PhilosophersNotes on 250+ books at http://www.brianjohnson.me)
1) The basic “Principle” of stronger muscles/bodies is that one must push the limits of your abilities and strength on one day. Muscles tear, and then start to scar; that is getting stronger. This physical Challenge is best followed, the next day, with Renewal. Both are key to balance.
2) The Principles of stronger mentality, spirit, and emotions are similar. Push thyself one day and seek renewal the next day. We are fundamentally “oscillatory beings in an oscillatory universe,” creatures of rhythms. Variants are worth noticing—e.g. “spiritual energy expenditure and renewal are deeply intertwined and tend to occur at the same time.” (p. 113) Whereas muscular, emotional, and intellectual efforts and their renewal usually are best separated in time.
3) Jim and Tony promote a lovely mix of external measures (O2 Saturation rate, etc.) with Knowing your own Body. For example they have a simple “hunger scale” that simply asks your stomach mind whether it is sated. You are the agent. You can use metrics as a tool; you can use a health coach or a gym as a tool. Or not.
4) Jim and Tony tell us that relying primarily on will power, on time-limited focused attention, is not effective. This approach is very wasteful of our store of personal energy. Rather, set up rituals/habits/routines. Read a spiritual text or hop on the elliptical machine before you are even awake, most every morning. Find habits that fit your current life, embrace them, and do them. Don’t spend time berating yourself or wishing or shoulding. “Positive rituals” [aka “highly specific routines”] are as easy to establish as bad habits.
5) We are a “living laboratory,” we are an n of one, have faith in learning, understanding the rhythms of life, and your own capacity to do better. Use science as it applies to we humans about sleep or nutrition, etc. Measure your success in “managing energy to enhance your core values”– happiness and connection are likely to flow from that. Did you spend energy frowning? Did you spend energy puttering when you wanted to be Challenging yourself? Or was Puttering part of Renewal?
There are plenty of valuable and realistic suggestions that are broadly applicable and cover many situations and contingencies. There's quite a bit of common sense, but everything is laid out in a clear and concise manner with extensive real life examples, including setbacks. Also included are templates to allow for the more obsessive and meticulous to record and document everything. Even without buying the whole concept, there is still plenty of solid advice and useful tidbits. Anyone in a situation where they feel over their head or on the way to burnout will find the book a pleasant and helpful read.