Intention: The Surprising Psychology of High Performers

Intention: The Surprising Psychology of High Performers

Intention: The Surprising Psychology of High Performers

Intention: The Surprising Psychology of High Performers


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A science-backed recipe for creating engagement, fulfillment, and achievement

We're stuck. Stuck to the couch. Stuck scrolling. Stuck at work. Stuck in worn-out paths of habitual action. Stuck in patterns and echo chambers of thought. Stuck in carefully curated lives where we've traded our agency for endless comforts that wrap us in existential ennui.

As our eyes fixate on a constant parade of images meant to engage us, we notice something in the periphery. We see folks who are just like us, except they are actually, deeply happy and fulfilled. They seem to go through life with ease and grace, overcoming obstacles and making amazing things happen for themselves.

Peering closer, we see that these aren't gods or superhumans. They're just people who have chosen to not be stuck and decided to become the main characters in their own lives. Their success (as they define it!) is not a birthright bestowed upon a lucky few, but the result of lives lived with intention. And that's what this book is about — a practical guide on infusing purpose into life in a deliberate and evidence-based way.

Through a combination of inspiring stories about unlikely high performers and evidence from the bleeding edge of behavioral science, we present you with a toolkit for learning intention — not as a fluffy concept, but as five very trainable skills.

Get your copy of Intention today and live your potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781394189151
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/21/2024
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 498,524
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MIKE JAMES ROSS is the CHRO of Simons, a leading North American retailer, where he helps over 5,000 employees thrive. Prior to Simons, Mike was a consultant at McKinsey, focused on transforming Fortune 100 companies into better workplaces. He then founded a coaching and leadership development firm that worked with global organizations such as Google and Cirque du Soleil.

SEKOUL THEODOR KRASTEV is a Co-Founder at The Decision Lab. Previously at Google and the Boston Consulting Group, his work in decision science has been featured in top peer-reviewed journals, conferences around the world, and in outlets such as The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

DAN PILAT is a Co-Founder at The Decision Lab, an applied behavioural science firm helping large organizations unlock social impact. Previously at The World Bank, Dan’s work on decision-making has been featured in outlets such as Forbes, Bloomberg, and NBC.

Table of Contents

Part I Fundamentals 1

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Chapter 2 A Languishing World 9

Chapter 3 What Is Intention? 15

Chapter 4 Becoming Main Characters 21

Chapter 5 Intention Is Trainable 29

Part II Willpower 35

Chapter 6 The Surprising Impact of Willpower Attitude 37

Chapter 7 High Performers Have Nonlimited Willpower 45

Chapter 8 Physical Ingredients to Willpower 53

Chapter 9 How to Train the Experience of Willpower 63

Chapter 10 Willpower as a Team Sport 73

Part III Curiosity 79

Chapter 11 High Performers Are Curious 81

Chapter 12 Don’t Stop (Re)believing 89

Chapter 13 How to Change Your Mind 95

Chapter 14 Believing Together 101

Part IV Integrity 111

Chapter 15 Living Our Values 113

Chapter 16 How to Uncover Your Values 121

Chapter 17 When Values Conflict 131

Chapter 18 Know Thy Team 141

Part V Attention 151

Chapter 19 High Performers Are Focused on the Right Things 153

Chapter 20 Directing the Spotlight 159

Chapter 21 Spotlights at Work 165

Chapter 22 Intentional Wandering 171

Chapter 23 Not All Flow Is Created Equal 177

Chapter 24 Focusing Teams 185

Part VI Habits 191

Chapter 25 The Roots of High Performance 193

Chapter 26 Taking Control of Unconscious Actions 197

Chapter 27 Finding the Power Within 207

Chapter 28 The Importance of Workplace Rituals 219

Part VII Closing 225

Chapter 29 Intention in Our Relationships 227

Chapter 30 The Garden of Intention 237

Notes 243

Index 267 

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“INTENTION is an exhilarating exploration into the power of purposeful living. Unearth the secrets of an engaging life, masterfully interwoven with science and practicality!”
—TONY ROBBINS, #1 New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist

“INTENTION is a true gem that delves into the psychology behind high achievers while offering practical applications for those seeking success—despite feeling stuck or unmotivated. The brilliance of this book lies in its ability to simplify complex concepts, making them accessible to everyone. With a keen focus on the research surrounding successful individuals, the authors provide an invaluable guide for anyone striving to enhance their lives, achieve their goals, and unleash their full potential. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking growth and excellence in their personal and professional journey.”
—DR. MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“INTENTION decodes the art of personal growth in a distracted world, showing us the key to a richer life.”
—NIR EYAL, bestselling author of Indistractable and Hooked

“If you’re looking for a better way to be human, to get the most of your experience of being alive, look no further than this book. It’s a treasure trove of insight.”
—JEFF GOINS, bestselling author of The Art of Work

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