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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (Jan. 3 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743226755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743226752
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
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The authors, founders of and executives at LGE Performance Systems, an executive training program based on athletic coaching programs, offer a program aimed at stressed individuals who want to find more purpose in their work and ways to better handle their overburdened relationships. Just as athletes train, play and then recover, people need to recognize their own energy levels. "Balancing stress and recovery is critical not just in competitive sports, but also in managing energy in all facets of our lives. Emotional depth and resilience depend on active engagement with others and with our own feelings." Case studies demonstrate how some modest changes can have an immediate impact. Loehr (Mental Toughness Training for Sports) and Schwartz (Art of the Deal, writing with Donald Trump) also include a chart highlighting Action Steps, Targeted Muscle, Desired Outcome and Performance Barrier and apply these tenets to individual cases. A chart analyzing the benefits and costs to taking certain action shows the impact negative behavior can have on both physical and mental well-being. However, the actual "training program" whereby readers can learn how to institute certain rituals to change their behavior is less well-defined. Managers and other employees who have attended HR seminars may find this plan easy to use, but self-employed people and others less familiar with "training" may be unable to recognize their behavior patterns and change them.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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For 25 years, Loehr and Schwartz have conducted intensive training with professional athletes to help them perform at peak levels under intense competitive pressures. They are not involved in the physical training process, however. Their intervention focuses on effective management of our most precious resource, our energy. They have found to their surprise that the performance demands most people face in their everyday work environments are often tougher than those professional athletes face. Because athletes train constantly, they are more prepared, whereas most people are in the work game 8 to 12 hours a day with little or no training at all. Most of us are constantly trying to manage time; here, the authors have instead set out a prescription for managing energy on every level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. You are likely to find some of yourself in one of the many case studies they provide to illustrate their techniques. Some of what they say is reminiscent of Tony Robbins' self-help material, but without all the hype it's easier to digest. David Siegfried
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Format: Hardcover
Those of us who are retired and not living with others are a perfect market for this book. Without jobs or family members making demands on us, with most of our time our own, we can fall into habits that work against us: watching TV at all hours of the day and night, sleeping erratically and at all hours, napping during the day even when we're not tired.
This book provides us with both the rationale and the know-how for setting up routines that can transform our lives. After decades of productivity, I found myself rattling around the house wondering,"What am I DOING with my life?". With nothing pressing, my "well-earned rest" turned into an unfocused waste of time and an uncomfortable feeling that I was wasting my life. My mood started to sink, as did my energy.
This book has galvanized me to action. I started with bedtime and arising routines, which quickly led to an exercise routine, then regularly scheduled meals. My energy has returned - I feel like the "old me"! - and my time is now filled with pleasurable and stimulating activities. This book has stopped me from growing old, and I am extremely grateful.
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"The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal" is a good self-help book for business executives, managers, athletes, and others who feel overwhelmed by the demands of their jobs and who want to improve their effectiveness.
Loehr and Schwartz argue that life isn't a marathon, rather it's a series of sprints. To be successful, individuals need to balance recovery time with actual sprinting. A tired sprinter probably won't win the next race. And, most of us treat life like a constant race with no downtime.
Loehr, a performance psychologist, came upon these observations while he was studying professional tennis players to learn what separates the greatest players from the less successful players. Loehr discovered what separated the greatest players, such as Ivan Lendl, from the less successful players wasn't how they played tennis points. Rather, it was how they behaved between playing points.
The greatest players developed rituals to help calm and relax themselves in the short time between points.
When Loehr used EKG telemetry to monitor player heart rates, he discovered that: "In the sixteen to twenty seconds between points in a match, the heart rates of top competitors dropped as much as twenty beats per minute. By building highly efficient and focused recovery routines, these players had found a way to derive extraordinary energy renewal in a very short period of time."
The less successful players, on the other hand, didn't have rituals to help them recover between points. Their heart rates remained high between points, and they couldn't seem to calm their stress.
Similarly, Loehr and Schwartz say many managers and executives don't have rituals to help them relax and remain effective.
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I recently re-read this book and was curious to know to what extent (if any) it has lost any of its relevance during the years since it was first published, in 2003. My conclusion? If anything, it is even more relevant now than it was before. However, that said, I still presume to suggest to those who are thinking about reading that they ignore the title and focus on the methodology that Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz introduce and then explain. Of course, full engagement has power. However, I cannot think of even one company among those annually ranked by Fortune to be the most highly admired, the best to work for, etc. that has full engagement. In fact, the results of recent research by the Gallup Organization and Towers Perrin clearly indicate that, on average, about 25-30% of employees are actively and productively engaged, about 35-40% are passively engaged (doing as little as necessary to stay employed), and about the same percentage are actively disengaged, with many of them hostile and having a toxic effect within their workplace.

Obviously, the challenge for business leaders in all organizations (whatever their size and nature my be) is to increase the percentage of those workers who are actively and productively engaged. What do Loehr and Schwartz suggest? All of their insights and recommendations are based on a vast amount of real-world experience with all manner of organizations. What they offer in this volume is the Full Engagement Training System®, a comprehensive and cohesive program that enables us to manage energy efficiently. The methodology is based on four separate but interdependent principles:

1. Full engagement requires drawing on separate but related sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
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This is one of those books that are way longer than they should be. Even worst, it doesn't provide anything new if you are a regular reader of self-help books.
According to the book, you should manage energy, not time. Rather vague suggestion. Do you even know what it is talking about? Let me explain. There are four types of energy: 1) physical 2) emotional 3) mental 4) spiritual. Physical energy refers to action. Emotional energy refers to positive thinking. Mental energy refers to focus. Spiritual energy refers to a buring desire. Ah. For those who are Napoleon Hill fans, you would know what I'm talking about. Action, positive attitude, focus, and a buring desire are ingredients for success according to Hill's famous book, "Think and Grow Rich". This book is "Think and Grow Rich" in sheep's clothing.
Since Loehr is into fitness, he believes our brain needs exercise just like our biceps. This exercise would be stress. Stress would be good for our brains just like weight training is good for our muscles. And like our muscles, the brain needs periods of rest to re-energize. I have just summarize the first 100 pages. The next 100 pages, part II, describes a three-step approach for change: 1) Purpose - what do you want to do 2) Truth - what are you doing wrong 3) Action - change it. Following these steps will develop a ritual - something you don't have to waste energy thinking about doing since it's automatic. Essentially, he is teaching us to make a habit of doing things. I think I just summarize the whole book in one sentence.
You should be warned that there are some data mining in this book. I was only able to catch it because I'm an avid tennis fan. Loehr explains the importance of being positive and uses Jimmy Conners as an example.
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