Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

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by David Rock
     
 

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Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans.

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Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

In this book, we travel inside Emily and Paul's brains as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they're presented with, figure out how to prioritize it, organize it and act on it. Fortunately for Emily and Paul, they're in good hands: David Rock knows how the brain works-and more specifically, how it works in a work setting. Rock shows how it's possible for Emily and Paul, and thus the reader, not only to survive in today's overwhelming work environment but succeed in it-and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.

YOUR BRAIN AT WORK explores issues such as:

- why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources

- why it's so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractions

- how to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable problems

- how to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possible

- how to collaborate more effectively with others

- why providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easier

- how to be more effective at changing other people's behavior

Editorial Reviews

Stephen R. Covey
“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.”
Warren Bennis
“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.”
Marshall Goldsmith
“This book will improve how you work—by showing you how your brain works!”
Daniel Akst
“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.”
Fortune Small Business
“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press
“…highly informative look at the way our minds work at work.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Rock deserves an ovation for his writing and direction.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061771293
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
91,047
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Marshall Goldsmith

“This book will improve how you work—by showing you how your brain works!”

Warren Bennis

“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.”

Daniel Akst

“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.”

Stephen R. Covey

“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.”

Meet 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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Your Brain at Work 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JohnDrake More than 1 year ago
David Rock writes an intriguing review of neuroscience findings on how the human mind works and how we can use that information to help us do a better job at work. While many of the topics it covers might be coined "common sense", there are a few nuggets of new information that add substantially to what we know about work, productivity, and cooperation. The book is broken up into scenes which tackle a different topic of neuroscience. The technique the author uses to discuss each topic starts with a fictitious couple who struggle with common productivity issues like information overload, procrastination, distractions, uncooperative coworkers, etc. A discussion of the science follows in why these issues are common and how to overcome these limitations. Then, the fictitious story is re-told, except this time the actors avoid the inherit limitations of our brain and instead perform the ideal actions that best take advantage of our brain's strengths. I found this technique great for motivating the reader while concertizing the science into useful practices understandable to everyone. For me, the first half of the book seemed to re-iterate much of what I already knew about productivity. Such lesson as avoid distractions, stay focused on one subject at a time, break down big decisions into smaller easier to handle decisions, handling uncertainty, etc. are all practices I am aware of and practice. The biggest lessons learned came in the last half of the book discussing how we interact with others. In particular, I was struck by how to effectively deal with other people, especially when they feel threatened or intimidated. When others go into a defensive mode, it is hard to get their cooperation. And here, the science suggests something similar to what I learned from some parenting books of all places (Positive Discipline and Between Parent and Child). In order to build cooperation, we should not direct but collaborate on answers to questions. We should respect others' ability to find answers on their own (sometimes this requires directed questions). If we want to change other people's behavior, we need to get them to see the need to change themselves without putting them on the defensive. Using a stick is often NOT the best method. Nor is using arbitrary rewards. While there are many other great discussions in the book, I'll leave it up to you to find the rest. I found the book to be a well written, practical guide to improving your productivity at work. By aligning your actions with sciences' best practices, we can achieve high levels of capability to our work. It's a great read for anyone interested in improving their productivity at work.
chenri More than 1 year ago
Little do we know about what really happens in our brain in our everyday lives. This book breaks it down at the neuroscientist level but in layman's terms. Learn how to use effectively your brain capacity and overcome the impasses that affect your performance, from the simple things in life to its milestones. Please, read it. chenri.
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CSENYC More than 1 year ago
As someone who is under severe stress at work and faces a ton of distractions, this book has been extremely helpful; in a very interesting and entertaining way, it explains how your brain deals with situations such as distractions, how it reacts to them and what its limits are, and the book gives great pointers on how to help your brain function better at work. Terrific! I usually donate books to my local library once I'm done with them, but I'll be keeping this one.