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Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People Hardcover – January 13, 2011
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About the Author
Edward M. Hallowell M.D. is a psychiatrist, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, which serves individuals with emotional and learning problems. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 20 years. He has written two popular Harvard Business Review articles and authored 13 books, including the national bestseller Driven to Distraction.
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I couldn't agree more.
In an entertaining and user-friendly format Hallowell teaches how to develop a more enjoyable and productive work environment for both yourself and those you manage.
I immediately began implementing a small portion of what I learned from this book about making positive connections and improving my communication style. I am pleasantly surprised to have found, in just a few weeks, how my connections with several of my direct reports are beginning to strengthen in a way that feels natural and comfortable to me. I NEVER would have thought to do this prior to reading Shine. There are other equally superb lessons in this book about how to empower others to work smarter and more efficiently; and providing simple to execute opportunities for employees to enjoy more positive experiences at work.
In summary, I give this book 5 stars not only because the ideas and lessons within it actually work, but also because it is an enjoyable read.
This book should be equally useful to executives, middle managers and everyone else who wants to help others or themselves "SHINE" more brightly in the workplace and in life.
Hallowel likes using similes and buzzwords far too much, obscuring the substance of the content and leaving it apparently superficial. There are gold nuggets in his book, and he refers to literary authorities to assist his subjects, but the book reads more like a motivational speaker's presentation... or worse: like a snake-oil salesman's pitch. This is a pity, because an engineer like myself need to know how to get the most out of my subordinates and colleagues and there seems merit to most of what he writes about.
The style of the book is the biggest problem I have though, but if you can ignore the floral embellishments and buzzwords, then you could really get some value out of it. The final two chapters especially were worthwhile for me.
Of course, that is also a worthy objective for managers: to find and mine the "gold" within themselves as well as within others...and then refine it. There is an additional dimension of engagement that should also be mentioned, suggested by the fact that parents raise future wives and mothers as well as daughters and future husbands and fathers as well as sons: In a role in which they do resemble alchemists, the best managers help those entrusted to their care to become effective managers.
Hallowell suggests a five-step process "to ignite peak performance." He devotes a separate chapter to each step: (1) Select high potentials and align their strengths with the work for which they are best suited, (2) establish and then continue to strengthen connections with those who are managed as well as between and among them, and meanwhile (3) ensure that the work environment is one that stimulates and nourishes "imaginative engagement" (i.e. play); (4) create conditions in which people are encouraged to "grapple and grow" by taking prudent risks that are exciting learning opportunities, and (5) do anything and everything possible to help people "shine" with pride in what they have achieved, joy in having done it with pleasure, and confidence that that this "Cycle of Excellence" will be self-perpetuating.Read more ›
This is a book full of "aha moments" and the reader is taken through real-world examples and punctual ideas that can be applied instantly, to make sure employees and teams are doing what they love, feel connected to others, use their creativeness to explore new things, have new challenges everyday, and are being recognized constantly for improvements, milestones and a job well done.
A very recommended book I would locate right next to Liz Wiseman's excellent read Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter as an additional resource for managing talent and getting the best out of everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Refreshing. Some interesting contradictions, but overall a great read with intellectual rigor and practical wisdom.Published 2 months ago by Justin Broady
I am really into self imporvement books. The ones I read are usually a bit airier than this one. This one is backed by hard science and it is something that if you read and follow... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patty Gonzale
Great tips for bringing out the best in any team! I recommend this book to colleagues, and have bought it for at least one friend.Published 17 months ago by HH
This book is great. I can't put it down. It is already changing my life. It's like wow, wow and WOW.Published 18 months ago by Joanie Jaye
This is a great book. I have been reading this as a part of my doctoral studies. This book has been a reference point for me as I interact with others during my work experiences as... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Traci James
I've had a lot of professional development on leadership in my career and I've read a lot of books on the subject. I found Shine truly to be one of the best. Read morePublished on October 15, 2014 by DW
A book that will transform and empower your relationships...Published on August 12, 2014 by Ashley Bingham