This book is a balanced blend of scientific data and storytelling. The author explains how your brain works (e.g., it's easier to drive and talk at the same time, but not read email and listen to a conversation). You learn what to do -- minimize multitasking as much as possible and don't do it at all when the two tasks rely on the same region of the brain. The author then takes you through the problems faced by two fictitious characters, Emily and Paul. The same scenes are replayed following his advice. Although the scenarios are fictitious, they represent common situations at work and how they can be handled poorly (as we react without thinking) or effectively (stay calm and re-direct it to a positive outcome). The pattern in the book of data, scene, and replay of scene reminds you to slow down and think, especially as you see how Emily and Paul in their rush to get things done, they end up doing rework to fix their problems. I think this is a book you can read again to identity bad habits you continue to do and work on those.
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
I'm not really the kind of person who reads self-improvement books, particularly those about work, but this one attracted my attention for some reason. I found it to be full of interesting insights about how we function, how we can control our thought processes more productively, how we can get on better with other people and get the best out of our relationships.
The book uses a series of 'before and after' stories about everyday work and social situations. In the 'before' stories, the characters get themselves into a pickle by making all the wrong choices and messing things up. They make dumb decisions and miss out on business deals, upsetting their colleagues and family in the process.
In between the 'before' and 'after' stories, our narrator tells us how we could improve this performance, by understanding how our brain works. For example, he focuses on the extent to which people are motivated by fairness, their status, and their need for certainty. If you pay attention to these things when you interact with people, you will get better results.
In the 'after' stories, the main characters incorporate these concepts into their interactions with others, and everything goes swimmingly. Their goals are achieved and everyone is happy.
Although this method of conveying these ideas verges on the comical by being a bit too good to be true, with too many happy endings, it is a very clear way to get the ideas across.
I am looking forward to trying them out, although I will probably make a complete hash of it and upset everyone! Overall, I recommend the book.
I found the book helpful and covered some powerful concepts however I struggled with the complete lack of enthusiasm in narration and inconsistent tonal inflections. You will know what I mean if you listen to it.
Though the science was good, the stories to highlight the point tended to follow the somewhat annoying format
1. Person has the worst day possible imaginable
2. You learn how the brain works
3. Person uses knowledge and has the greatest possible day known to man and everything just works out.
I understand why the author has done this but it can get repetitive.
Awesome book ! Understanding how our brain works, makes it easy afterwards to identify what is going on in specific situations and adapt accordingly. We can feel it's based on a lot of hard science, but well adapted so that we are not overwhelmed by it.
Thumbs up :)
Now I understand why I feel tired somes times and unproductive , it is not my motivation level but the capacity of brain.Practical and to the point.
There is some practical advise here. I enjoyed it very much. The only audiobook I have listened to twice. It is very well formatted, blending ideas with stories to guide the listener to greater understanding. I found the information is very relevant and the listening quite enjoyable.
Book is very well organized, pithy for the most part and the author uses mnemonics to help you retain key concepts. Some books related books are mostly an endless rehash of clinical studies findings and other people's ideas, but this book delivers value added for the author's ideas. Basically you follow a couple through several work/ family life base case situations, then the author introduces his concepts and retells the story where the characters are handling their situations better.
Different aspects of the subject matter are covered from how your brain works, limitations of your brain and re-exploring principles that we do know but that we sometimes forget to implement daily, like how our perception of ourselves and our status relative to others influences our interactions. One model that is introduced in the second half of the book is the SCARF model, Status - Certainty - Autonomy - Relatedness - Fairness. Why these concepts are important ties in with brain biology.
My husband thinks that this book is especially useful within an office context. I saw more applications and view title as being "how your brain functions" and I find that the practical advice will apply both in and out of the office, including even interaction with your family members.
This book teaches important life principles in a way that is both engaging and insightful; something that is increasingly rare in a world producing cheap, lighting literature.