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Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long | [David Rock]

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 David Rock (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Armando L. Franco Carrillo Ensenada, Mexico 02-15-12
    Armando L. Franco Carrillo Ensenada, Mexico 02-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen."
    What made the experience of listening to Your Brain at Work the most enjoyable?

    The book is full of insights on how the brain works and why people react the way they do. It also provides several tips on how to use this knowledge on practical situations.


    What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

    As in most my reviews, I like when I can set the speed to three times as fast an still understand the reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The title is perfect:


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AndyG Papillion, NE, United States 02-14-12
    AndyG Papillion, NE, United States 02-14-12
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    "Enjoyed Frame Stories, But Narration A Little Off"

    I very much enjoyed the concept of this book - two characters Paul & Emily moving through their normal days at work and home scene-by-scene with breaks to review their mental processes and suggestions for mechanisms to improve the outcome of the scene, followed by a "Take Two" replaying the scene with the central character having more self-awareness and utilizing the concepts just described.

    At the end of the day many of the mechanisms presented by the author do boil down to having greater self-awareness and framing your situations in a less threatening fashion (don't just assume everyone is attacking you or making fun of you), but it was still a good overall audiobook that I did enjoy and would recommend.

    The narration was OK, but as other reviewers have mentioned there are times when it seems words are emphasized in an unusual fashion or sentences are broken at inappropriate places.

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    Amazon Customer United States 01-24-12
    Amazon Customer United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, irritating narration"
    Would you try another book from David Rock and/or Bob Walter?

    I'll never try another book narrated by Bob Walter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Walter’s performances?

    I'll never try another book narrated by Bob Walter.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I'll never try another book narrated by Bob Walter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Melbourne, FL, United States 01-22-12
    April Melbourne, FL, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2014

    Love a good mystery. Download to my iPad and listen on road trips.

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    "Excellent!! Best non-fiction book ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Your Brain at Work the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the stories in laymans terms. Made the whole experience understandable. I really understood the problems and the changes to make life easier. No magic (or expensive) bullet to solve the problem.


    What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

    The pace at which he told the story. It could have been dull, but wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I have had some difficulties with finding words in my head since I had my brain tumor redacted. This gave me some easy to follow guidelines to

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    ARIA MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 01-03-12
    ARIA MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 01-03-12

    Harry

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    "Amazing F---ing Book!"
    What did you love best about Your Brain at Work?

    After listening to this; you better realise why some tossers behave as they do and what corrective actions you need to take....


    What did you like best about this story?

    That we are all ultimately machines....


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    Phillip KISSIMMEE, FL, United States 01-03-12
    Phillip KISSIMMEE, FL, United States 01-03-12
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    "Great "Insight""
    What did you love best about Your Brain at Work?

    I got a lot of good information from this book. It gives really good details and understanding into your mind and how it operates. The narrator is great and examples are good.


    What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

    You can tell him was into the book and enjoyed the reading. He spoke very clear and gave a great audible reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who is looking to improve there people skills and understand themselves better; I'd recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 12-26-11
    michael roswell, Georgia, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "insight on you & your brain"
    If you could sum up Your Brain at Work in three words, what would they be?

    David Rock uses a stage metaphor which proves to be useful in understanding the way your brain addresses inside and outside realities. The main points of this book can be a the basis for a lifelong development of your


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    Starrleen 12-19-11
    Starrleen 12-19-11
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    "Practical help for managing multiple priorities"
    What did you love best about Your Brain at Work?

    Concrete suggestions for applying the lessons in the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The examples used to illustrate the concepts.


    Have you listened to any of Bob Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He presented this book very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I've already recommended this book both to friends and colleagues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morten Esbjerg, Denmark 12-13-11
    Morten Esbjerg, Denmark 12-13-11
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    "Good points but long"
    Would you listen to Your Brain at Work again? Why?

    It gave me some good pointers but I doubt I'll listen to it again, it was far to long


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it combined theory with real life examples


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Learn your brain better


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    Stacey Crummie Lawrenceville, GA USA 12-04-11
    Stacey Crummie Lawrenceville, GA USA 12-04-11 Member Since 2014
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    "The best book I've every purchased"

    I've been reading (listening) to both self help and science books for many years, and I'll have to say that this is the best one yet. It can't be overstated how useful this book can be to anyone who works in corporate america, but the insights are equally useful to everyday living as well. Now granted, you probably need to be one who enjoys learning, and maybe scientific insight type of books to be as pumped as I am about the book, but the way the material is presented, any self help type can really enjoy this. I see myself listening to this book multiple times to make sure that I extract all the lessons, because I certainly intend to apply these insights into my everyday thinking. Great job.

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  • M.J.
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    8/23/11
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    "Beethoven on a Kazoo"

    One of the biggest problems with audio books in general is that they rely to a very large degree on the ability of the reader. Excellent material can be utterly spoilt by the narrator - and this is the case here. I have no-one to blame but myself. Listening to the sample I thought I could stand Bob Walter's extraordinary read. I was wrong. This professional reader has absolutely no idea of the meaning of the narrative. It is a self indulgent presentation by someone so enamoured with the sound of his own voice that the meaning is buried beneath a dreadfully inept delivery. The book itself is excellent - and David Rock has achieved another sale because I had to buy the hard-copy to extract the value. So do yourself a favour - cut out the middle man and read this one the old fashioned way.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/29/11
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    "Neuro Science meets self help"

    Very good; scientific research made applicable to every day situations. Listened twice now and becoming more used to the terms it's already helping the way I work daily and with others.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    6/19/11
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    "one of the best self help books ever written"

    A fantastic piece of work.

    I'm on my second read-through. I have bought a hard copy on Amazon to use as a reference. This is the best of recent psychology put into a practical self-improvement book.

    Personally, I am developing a strategy to implement just about everything in this book that are not already doing.

    I read many self-help books but I think this is one of the best ever written.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Andover, United Kingdom
    8/21/11
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    "Terrible narration"

    Interested in the content of this book, but I can't get going with it because the narrator is just awful. The rhythm of his delivery sounds completely random - as if he isn't actually paying attention to the context of what he is reading, or hasn't looked at it in advance. The effect is so unbelievably distracting that I can't listen to more than a few minutes without going insane. Really disappointed. Avoid (or buy the printed version).

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    10/17/11
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    "Really Really Interesting"

    I really enjoyed this book. Excellent subject matter and novel way of delivering the content.

    The narrator is a little difficult to get used to at first, quite dry and slow paced, but once you become accustomed to his style its a good listen.

    I especially liked the ending when it culminated in the SCARF acronym. I wont ruin it by expanding this but I found this to be very insightful and actually an enlightening view on human psychology.

    All in all a good listen. I would have given 5 stars but the narrator was not quite to my taste.

    Simon

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Gloucester, UK
    5/31/12
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    "Excellent!"

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks on leadership and self improvement, and this was one of the best. I loved it. I almost didn't download it because of the reviews about the narrator, and whilst I could understand what other reviewers meant, it didn't detract from the message of the book. I really liked the original way the information was presented, in the form of a play. I liked the way the softer messages about how to behave and treat people, were backed up with hard neuroscience. For me, it brought a lot of things together that I had learnt from other books and helped me to understand why we do what we do, which was very empowering. I would really invest in a hard copy of this book too, as I feel it will become a book that I will want to refer to many times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nada
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    3/28/12
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    "Probably the BEST audiobook ever"

    First of all, I was not bothered by Bob Walter's narration at all, in fact I liked his tone and pace, as well as his voice. The content of this book is so interesting and so dense that I found his slower narration helping me stay focused.

    Second of all, this book is amazing. I think it might be the most useful book I have ever read. I am re-listening to it for the second time now because I find the methods David Rock recommends so useful for a happy, productive life. This is the ultimate self-help book, except that it is based on science, not BS. If every person on this planet read and lived by this book, humanity would be lightyears ahead of where we are now... Will buy the print version for reference. I highly recommend this audiobook!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mikal
    London, United Kingdom
    10/7/11
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    "My brain is now working"

    I love this audio book. It gives accounts of daily rituals which most of the population undertake and the obstacles that prevent us from achieving our potential. With practical advice and reasoning, and through repetitive actions, we can become so more efficient within our daily lives.
    If you can learn how to anticipate your thought process and remove the habitual processes that prevent positive thoughts coming through, you can achieve so much more!
    Great stuff!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/30/12
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    "hmmm, it must just be me?"

    Sorry, but this is just terrible.
    It is so monotonous, and in all honesty all the 'advice' and 'insight' is just plain common sense - don't try to do too much at once, you use energy to think so have a snack, go for a walk to clear your head, brains are easily distracted so disconnect the phone, etc. etc. You don't need to sit and listen to a book for goodness knows how many hours to realise this - come on, you already know this stuff.

    The whole 'take two' thing is a nice idea, but it just doesn't work because its all circumstantial given that the author can just say all the right things were done by the character, but this does absolutely nothing to help YOU do the right things; reading a book will never change the way your own brain functions, I'm afraid.

    Oh, and if I ever hear 'PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX' ever again I will go insane. Just by saying a medical term lots and lots does not make this anything clever or insightful, just flipping annoying.

    Finally, at the risk of sounding zenophobic, this book really is very 'American' in its tone and approach, so if you are into all this self-help stuff then perhaps you might get something from it (it is clear that my 'give it a go' approach to this did not pay off myself!), but otherwise it will probably just annoy the hell out of you.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    1/26/15
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    "Had to put it down"
    Where does Your Brain at Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an audiobook that resonated with me so often I had to keep pausing it... and just think. I have to say that it's one of the most useful books I've listened to - I think it's changed my life, my family's and hopefully those of my colleagues'!

    I would imagine that everyone would take some gems away from this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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