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Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long [Hardcover]

David Rock
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Book Description

Sept. 28 2009

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

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“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.” (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

“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.” (Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business and University Professor, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader)

“This book will improve how you work—by showing you how your brain works!” (Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There)

“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.” (Daniel Akst, Fortune Small Business)

“Rock deserves an ovation for his writing and direction.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

“Rock makes the science of your mind accessible and relevant.” (Fortune Small Business)

“…highly informative look at the way our minds work at work.” (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

About 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 26 2014
By Adoemon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am very happy I purchased this book. It seemed different from the too common self-help books often written in a familiar style. This book is written professionally, mentions research from scientists whose names and accreditations are given, and provides methods to improve your overall efficiency. While I can't claim that reading this book made me suddenly a different person as seen by the people around me, I can guarantee you that the application of some methods of this book have really impacted my behaviour, for what is obviously the best: what David Rock calls his stage and his director are very useful knowledge that can, and will, drive positive change in your life. I hope to read more books like this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very heavy, but absolutely brilliant. Sept. 14 2011
I know what you're thinking: a book on how to use your brain? It's not so intuitive as you think. As it turns out, the brain has been one of the least understood 'realms' in science, and only very recently are some huge discoveries being made that totally change the way we view, and hopefully, use it.

Ok, so let's start with one of the oldest most clichéd metaphors out there: your brain is a computer. It's a good one. Our brain can save, store, and interpret, and manipulate terabytes of data per day. It takes in and saves audio files, visuals at super high res, tons of systems, names, trivia, thousands of words, in multiple languages, all interlinked for instant access. But we find the brain so much more powerful and creative than actual Personal computers (and even super-computers), that we make the fatal mistake of assuming that our brains can do anything. They can't, mostly because of evolution.

You see, we took tens of thousands, if not millions of years to evolve into the current homo-sapien brain. But in just the last 30 years of 'Computing Evolution': the computer industry has exploded with innovation in both hardware and software: modern PC's are getting faster and more capable every year. Meanwhile, our brains are pretty much the same as they were 100,000 years ago. It turns out our brains are like your 5 year old Dell laptop that keeps freezing up whenever we have more than five programs running: we suck at multitasking. And yet, Multitasking has been a buzzword for years now. Ever since we got hooked on emails, text messages and Instant messaging clients, we've convinced ourselves that we're really working at 100% capacity. We're not. We're just bouncing from one stimuli to the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salvation for the Over-worked Oct. 2 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an imaginative, entertaining yet incredibly insightful narrative that explains and clarifies the ways in which we allow work and other habits to clutter our everyday lives and then succumb to the ravishments of self-inflicted injuries.

By offering clear descriptions of the ways our minds likely are guiding our behaviours as well as how they could or should be doing so, we gain tremendous insights on how to design and implement different routings between the myriad of 'cues' and the hoped-for 'rewards' that ensue. While the remedies are far from easy and require some serious effort the outcomes are more than worth the investment.

This should be required reading for every person at the thresh-hold of their adult life. Dr Rock is to be commended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible perspective, highly practical advice Aug. 28 2011
By Capcmom
This was such a great book. Wish it had been around 20 years ago! Very effective analogies made the material very easy to comprehend. Have already shared key insights and recommended it to a dozen colleagues.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An insightful, practical and engaging work with an approachable prose on one of the most controversial topics of this century. David Rock's work here is as great as his other works on coaching - Quiet Leadership. Quiet Leadership
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