Your Brain at Work [NOOK Book]

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Meet Emily and Paul, the parents of two young children. Emily is a newly promoted executive in a large corporation, while Paul has his own business as a 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. For them, just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

In this book, we travel inside the brains of Emily and Paul as they attempt to ...

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Overview

Meet Emily and Paul, the parents of two young children. Emily is a newly promoted executive in a large corporation, while Paul has his own business as a 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. For them, just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

In this book, we travel inside the brains of Emily and Paul as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they're presented with and figure out how to prioritize, organize, and act on it. Fortunately for Emily and Paul—and for readers of Your Brain at Work—they're in good hands: David Rock knows how the brain works—and more specifically, how it works in a work setting.

Your Brain at Work explores:

  • Why your brains feels so taxed, and how to take full advantage of your 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 with others more effectively
  • Why providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easier
  • How to effectively change other people's behavior

Rock shows how it's possible not only to survive in today's overwhelming work environment but to succeed in it—and still feel energized at the end of the day, with a sense of accomplishment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061943546
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 110,254
  • File size: 701 KB

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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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Productivity through thinking

    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.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    A life changing book

    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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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Very helpful and interesting

    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.

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