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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 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.
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.
That idea motivated me to buy the book. I have never been good at managing my time, and I've always felt unfulfilled when I attempted to use a "time management" system such as a day planner or to-do list.
The Power of Full Engagement makes a convincing argument to support its fundamental premise. It's well-researched, well-written and loaded with examples that made the concepts easier to understand.
The Power of Full Engagement is organized in two major sections:
- Part One: The Dynamics of Full Engagement. Discusses the major premise and supporting concepts.
- Part Two: The Training System. Presents a three-step process for improving the way you manage your energy.
I recommend The Power of Full Engagement to anyone who wants a new perspective on how to achieve their most important goals or simply get the most out of each day.
The messages in the book complement two other personal development models that I've seen:
- Covey: The Power of Full Engagement asserts that there are four dimensions to energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. These dimensions match Covey's, and there is good consistency between the two models.
- Change Anything Labs (Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success): The Power of Full Engagement suggests developing a set of rituals to help manage your energy levels. These rituals resemble the "vital behaviors" described in Change Anything.
I did have one issue with the book. I did not see a good connection between the first part and the second part - the concepts seemed to be lost in moving from theory to action. This was especially true of the spiritual, mental, and emotional dimensions. For example, the first part of the book spent a whole chapter on emotional energy, but the second part didn't offer many ideas on how to renew your emotional energy. I actually went back to my Covey books for ideas on renewing my emotional energy.
Overall, though, The Power of Full Engagement was well worth the price. I've started to focus on managing my energy by implementing the suggestions in the book. It's still early, but I'm feeling pretty good so far.
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