- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061771295
- ISBN-13: 978-0061771293
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 264 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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“Simply put, this intriguing book offers fascinating research about the brain’s functions, limitations and capacities, and it teaches us how we can “direct” our own brain chemistry in order to achieve fulfillment and success. Well worth reading and ingesting these skills.” (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
“This is the best, the most helpful, and the brainiest book I’ve read on how the brain affects how, why and what we do and act.” (Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business and University Professor, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader)
“This book will improve how you work—by showing you how your brain works!” (Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There)
“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.” (Daniel Akst, Fortune Small Business)
“Rock deserves an ovation for his writing and direction.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.” (Fortune Small Business)
“…highly informative look at the way our minds work at work.” (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
About the Author
David Rock is a consultant and leadership coach who advises corporations around the world. The author of Coaching with the Brain in Mind, Quiet Leadership, and Personal Best, he is the CEO of Results Coaching Systems, a leading global consulting and coaching organization. He is on the advisory board of the international business school CIMBA and the cofounder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit. He lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.
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I recommend the book by David Rock because it brings together many disparate thoughts and ideas on the subject, then hypothesizes and theorizes applications from these better understandings of how brains work. Also, it’s very easy to read this book in spurts (very important when you have a toddler that naps anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours; also great for 20-30 minute bus rides).
Though not a scientist himself, David Rock references Kahneman, Ariely and many other studies and scientists in the field. There are many applications from this knowledge: from more productive meetings at work to having an argument with a friend with a positive outcome.
This is one of the most practical `neuro' books on the market at the moment. It is aimed at the `lay-person' rather than the `neuro -enthusiast'. The focus of the book is based on Rock's belief that ....'by understanding your brain, you increase your capacity to change your brain.' As a `neuro-enthusiast and translator' I agree with him completely, and so do neuro-specialists such as Dan Seigel. However, it might be more accurate in the case of this book to say `by understanding your mind, you increase your capacity to change your brain'. This book is about more than the physiology and processing power of the brain. Many of these practical tips have been tried and tested for years but we now have evidence to show why they work. Rock clearly outlines these for us.
David Rock uses three parallel techniques to involve us. These run throughout the book:
* A story - The story of Emily and Paul allow us to identify with their thinking at work.
* A metaphor - The use of a stage and actors enable us to easily understand the roles of various parts of our thinking
* A reference to research and the physical brain - Research data that underpins the book. Mercifully he avoids using large numbers of neuro- jargon. He focuses on the role of the pre-frontal Cortex (the director) and the way in which we use our `director' in dealing with chemical responses. He introduces us to three positive chemicals; dopamine (feel good), nor-adrenaline (excitement) and oxytocin (collaboration).
The combination of all three of these works because it draws people with different thinking preferences into the content. For those of you are aware of the HBDI (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument) the red dominants will follow the story, yellow's the metaphor and the blue's the data and analysis.
In the past 10 years, research into the functionality of the brain and ongoing discoveries around brain `plasticity' have changed our minds for ever. Many old theories and beliefs have been reinforced and others discredited. The Buddhist belief that `mindfulness' and focus improves the mind now has tangible proof (through PET scanning). On the other hand, multi-tasking, that previously touted holy-grail of efficiency, has been largely debunked. This is seriously important for all of us involved in developing human potential. It will not be a flash-in-the-pan any more than the understanding of the basis and treatment of infection was over 100 years ago.
THE SOCIAL MIND
Rock spends a large part of his book examining the consequences of our human social `wiring'. I recently read and enjoyed `The Power of Collective Wisdom'. This book added some of the missing pieces to that excellent book. I advise anyone interested in developing the potential of teams or organizations to read these two together.
Buy this book and read it. This is the way of the future. In a few years time, there will be a huge number of titles beginning with `neuro' or its equivalent. David Rock makes understanding this future more easy, this is the beginning of something important for us all.
I really find the information about "the stage" useful. When ever I have something I don't want to think about (like a repetitive song) I picture telling the person I really like their song, but asking them to leave the stage so I can focus. Sometimes they are okay in the audience, but sometimes I need to ask them to leave the theater altogether if I can still hear them. Sound weird? Well, maybe...but it works!
Also, knowing you can only have so many things on the stage at once, I now jot down things to look at later, so they will be removed from the stage for the time being.
And relaxing and focusing on (for example) your big toe, really can work to make you forget about being mad or stressed for the time being...and that short period of time can be long enough to make you less mad or stressed.
Lots of other good tips too. Definitely recommend.
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Very practical. I'll be recommending this book to others.
It's got me thinking... :-) 😄