Improving the performance of your employees involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way they think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world, David Rock has proven that the secret to leading people (and living and working with them) is found in the space between their ears. "If people are being paid to think," he writes, "isn't it time the business world found out what the thing doing the work, the brain, is all about?" Supported by the latest groundbreaking research, Quiet Leadership provides a brain-based approach that will help busy leaders, executives, and managers improve their own and their colleagues' performance. Rock offers a practical, six-step guide to making permanent workplace performance change by unleashing higher productivity, new levels of morale, and greater job satisfaction.
©2006 David Rock (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I could not put this book down! It has some profound insights that will greatly help me in dealing with my employees and kids. You have to read it if you are in leadership or are aspiring to.
The analysis of the how people think
Great audio effects that captivate you.
Accomplish more by speaking less. Which questions will switch on the speaker's own capacity to understand and find a practical solution? By asking about their thinking you help them get out of the harried victim mode into a more transcendent clarity vision.
It is quite involved and entails getting used to a special terminology. Applying it in life is even more challenging, because you will sound very much differently from what you usually are. But even a little application of David Rock's 6 steps seems to help me approach all relationships and human interactions in a much more effective way. It shows how to actually contribute to positive and natural solutions.
Full disclosure: I didn't finish the book, I gave up about half-way through. Also, if I were to disregard the dry narration, I would rate it a strong 3 for content.
The CREATE model presented in this book looks interesting, but it's as if it's (too me) mostly common sense put into in a fairly overly complex package. I found myself losing interest in what was being said time and time again because of it. The first couple of chapters on neuroscience also doesn't add anything new or interesting for me.
The narration is dry and reminds me of an emotionally disconnected talk radio host. It's well articulated and calm, but it also doesn't capture the subject matter in an appealing way. Somewhat better when listening and 1,5 times the normal speed, but not enough to keep going.
I'm willing to bet that this is a much better book in a non-audio format, both because of the somewhat complex structure and the narration issues.
Before this, I read "Your Brain at Work" by David Rock and loved it. It had a hand full of ideas but were very well presented along the book. They ideas seemed to flow across the book and evolve.
In Quite Leadership you also find only a hand full of ideas (very good ones I might add) but they just get repeated over and over again and don't seem to evolve too much. These ideas are just put in different contexts but in the end come out the same way.
So I can only give the book itself 3 stars because of this. But mind you, those 3 stars are very valuable, making the book worthwhile in my opinion.
I've definitely seen benefits from implementing some of this advice and helping my employees to think more for those aha moments rather than me giving them all the answers to the problems.
I read the author's Brain at Work book and was impressed so I read Quiet Leadership and was equally impressed. Some of his suggestions I was already aware of. However, what impressed me is that he set up a process that is easy to follow; enough anecdotes and examples to see how it works for individuals and teams. I recommend both books.
"Rock's Vision is Best Heard Elsewhere"
Fresh off of finishing Your Brain at Work, I was keen to dive deeper into David Rock's work. As a first-time people manager, I'd hoped that a practical approach and steps to improving thinking would be useful for me. Ultimately, I found that Quiet Leadership was far less memorable than Your Brain at Work, while covering many of the same themes.
The continuous reference to the PDF attachment was also distracting. I prefer audiobook productions to go the extra mile to ensure a good audio experience vs. just a direct reading of the text.
In terms of narration, I found Pete Larkin's performance to be adequate, if a little bit dry.
If you're looking for some new direction on 'thinking about thinking', this is 7 hours well spent, but I think you'd be better served by putting in the extra three hours and going for the much more satisfying Your Brain at Work.
"Inspiring, but needs attention"
I bought this audiobook after listening to 'Your brain at work' which was fascinating. Quiet leadership was also very inspiring, but it required more concentration to listen to. I usually listen to audiobooks in the car when I am driving and this book needed a bit more focus. There are quite a lot of exercises to put into practice what you are learning about, but I think I will need to listen to it again at home and make notes to get the best out of it. Definitely worthwhile though, and very thought provoking.
"might be a game changer"
I like it though I don't have the extra parties for the audio book. Neither did I do the practice part yet. Some questions seem to be unlikely to work in casual conversations, but the genetic message is clearly valuable. How much? I will find out very soon. Today I tested it and it worked hundred percent.
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