Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People

Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People

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by Ned Hallowell
     
 

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Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. But your most critical responsibility—especially in today’s world of intensifying competition—is how to help your people shine their brightest.

How do you inspire solid contributors to strive for more? What should you do if a star player falls off their game?

In Shine, bestselling author,

Overview

Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. But your most critical responsibility—especially in today’s world of intensifying competition—is how to help your people shine their brightest.

How do you inspire solid contributors to strive for more? What should you do if a star player falls off their game?

In Shine, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and ADD expert Edward Hallowell draws on brain science, performance research, and his own experience helping people maximize their potential to present a proven process for getting the best from your people:

-Select—put the right people in the right job, and give them responsibilities that “light up” their brain.
-Connect—strengthen interpersonal bonds among team members.
-Play—help people unleash their imaginations at work.
-Grapple and Grow—when the pressure’s on, enable employees to achieve mastery of their work.
-Shine—use the right rewards to promote loyalty and stoke your people’s desire to excel.

Brimming with Hallowell’s trademark candor and warmth, Shine is a vital new resource for all managers seeking to inspire excellence in their teams.

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"This is a great book with some great ideas on how to manage groups that aren’t just Dilbert clones." - Portland Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591399230
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
01/13/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,069,743
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Chapter 1

Live Life For All It’s Worth

Thank God for death. If it weren’t for death, we’d probably all wait forever and never get to the point. But because we don’t have all day, so to speak, life grows urgent. If we want to get to the heart of it, we do have to get to it, and not waste time fiddle-diddling or complaining. I remind myself of this as-yet non-negotiable item in life’s contract whenever I feel less than excited to be, say, standing in line at the supermarket or upside down awaiting still another prostate biopsy.
To live life for all it’s worth, to die knowing you gave and got all you could, that’s really worth figuring out how to do, don’t you think?, and sooner rather than later. Not just to live life for much of what it’s worth or most of what it’s worth, but for all it’s worth. Everyone wants to do that. Or come as close as they can.
Before I say more, I feel obliged to provide you with another image to displace your image of me upside down waiting for my prostate biopsy, so think of this one instead: think of yourself, heading into work. How do you feel? Or, think of yourself, heading home. How do you feel? Or think of yourself, waiting for your biopsy. How do you feel?
The message of this book is that you can and should feel great to be alive in all those moments and all others. Even if times are hard, as long as you are living life to the fullest, you are in love with life. And if you are in love, you feel great, even when you are in pain.

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"This is a great book with some great ideas on how to manage groups that aren’t just Dilbert clones." - Portland Book Review

Meet 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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Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell starts by offering new information about human cognition and moves into explaining how to manage people better based on systematically applying fresh findings in neuroscience. He also confirms or debunks some earlier concepts about cognition. Hallowell goes on to suggest a solid, five-step, scientifically grounded ¿Cycle of Excellence¿ that managers can use to improve performance and productivity. The advice is clear and cumulative: find the right job fit, build connection, foster play, commit to work and reward excellence. getAbstract recommends his perceptive advice to those who are interested in the science behind human motivation, including human resource officers and managers seeking to bring out the very best in their employees, allowing them to ¿shine¿ in their everyday work.
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Smiled. Now go hide again. She counted to thirty.