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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.
David Rock's book is terrific, and I'd go so far as to say it was life changing. And the success of this book is that mr rock uses the tools he teaches to construct his argument. Step by step he brings you along the path. At the end, I had gained an astonishing insight into my own behavior -- in an area I had considered impossible to change, yet now clearly open to my own improvement through better management.
But in these statements I think I am mirroring other posted reviews. Where I think I can add is that I began to use the insights from the book at work even while reading still reading it. My day job involves managing a financial business -- taking risks, leading a team and fostering innovation. David Rock's work has helped me understand what the whole team needs to be ready to go on that journey together. So the book works at work.
A great tool for being a better manager of your self and a leader of others-- you can't ask for more than that.
Act 1: Problem and decision - I feel the strategies and rationals pretty close David Allen's Get thing done ie.
Keep issues from our head or do one thing once a time.
Act 2 and 3 become unique and sticky idea with "SCRAF" - Status, Certainty, Relateness, Autonomy and Fairness.
I have good impression after applying this model for social network.
The character made this book transformative , in my opinion, is "Four Noble Truths (ariyasaj sii)" way of approach.
Start with problem ( scene 1) story then discussing about origin in problem (evident from neuropsychology research).
They show Path that leads to the Cessation of problem (applicable stretergies for everyday life) and depict with how it be without problem (scene 2).
One of my favorite book forever :-)
This book is different. Its written by businessman who researched the subject specifically to find out how we could apply the otherwise exotic topic to our daily lives -- family, school, professional life, inter-personal relationships.
This author does a bang-up jobs of providing information in an unique and easy-to-understand format on topics such as how to understand ourselves and the human condition better -- learning how to have realistic expectations for ourselves, while using the way human brains work to help better achieve our personal and professional goals and contribute to society.
Who'd have guessed that developing a working relationship with words like pre-frontal cortex, amygdale, hippocampus and the limbic system, would represent useful tools to "Saying 'no' to distractions", "Staying cool under pressure", finding our "Zone of Peak Performance" and "Turning Enemies into Friends"? (just a few of the chapter titles)
This body of knowledge is so extraordinary, it should be taught to teachers and become part of the public school curriculum. Don't waste another minute before downloading the audio or Kindle version (or both!). Or you can buy the book and then pass it on to friends or your local library.
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Very practical. I'll be recommending this book to others.
It's got me thinking... :-) 😄