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
Using clear, concise language, the author uses a simple metaphor to explain a very complex subject. Using day-to-day examples, he explains why we hit some of the roadblocks or experience some of the reactions we do, and then offers an alternative scenario that might have produced better results in our interactions. I have listened to this book twice, and find myself referring to his stage metaphor often in my thought process. Whether you are trying to increase your productivity at work, trying to improve relationships, or just curious about how our brains process information, this book is a winner!
So practical and accessible.
Using narrative structure made the content sticky
Understand Your Brain, Transform Your Life
Yes- I like the way the story was laid out
It wasn't the story by itself I liked, but the story was the vehicle to carry the message of the book. It was a perfect fit between a story to relate to, the depth of content of the book, and how to use this information in real life situations.
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For me- I probably couldnt listen in one sitting- there is an immense amount of great content.
I have bought three more print versions so far- one for me to make notes in and two to give to co-workers. It is definitely a book I am talking about with others.
Not sure there are some concepts I would have liked to make notes
No. Some of the stuff he wanted to be funny was not funny to me but really corny. I could have done away with the sexual innuendo. Definitely not funny.
good concepts could have been more direct. Then again for a personal presentation it might have been ok. I read it back and forth to work and it just was, at times, hard to follow.
These type books are my new infatuation and this is arguably the best one I have listened to yet. It probably helps that I have listened to so many books of this nature but I really liked the way this gentleman explains things. My honest opinion is that most anyone would enjoy this one.
Useful, adaptable, most-read
I can't pick one part of the book that was not useful for busy ppl
this book gives wonderful insight into the ways that we commonly make mistakes in our reactions to situations and it gives helpful advice on how to change the way we handle those situations. i found the format of the book extremely useful where the author gives an example with a typical (yes you are probably doing it this way) response and then revisits the same anecdote with the preferred response. Highly recommended is a bit of an understatement.
the useful advice and understanding gained from listening
he is THE best narrator I have listened to so far. clear, has life in his voice, never annoying
Yes! Extremely helpful and insightful.
Recommending this book to everyone I know. Seriously.
I felt like the narrator's voice is kind of boring and put a lot of stress while listenining.The book is good but I will rate the audio book 3/10
Love listening to everything in science, astronomy, neuroscience, education and creativity.
David Rock has written an excellent book that consists of solid neuroscience examples and cute analogies that is neatly tied to real world examples about how brain responds to different office situations. I have a reasonable neuroscience background and thoroughly enjoyed his description about various brain areas and how they function. With these insights it becomes much more easy to apply various strategies to excel in office environment (and school or other competitive environment). The speaker was quite pleasant to listen after initial adjustment period. A MUST listen title.
The audio was almost meditative at times. I found it most useful when starting the work day to listen to a section and apply the techniques throughout my day and week when applicable.
The nuances of insight in how we react, what we say and don't say, and at what time is one of the finer points of having successful or failing interactions with the ever interesting human condition. I found that the detailed approach to examples and case scenarios while at times pedantic and plodding, help simplify complex interaction issues that everyone goes through. The backing science behind it all just helped bolster the understanding of how it all ties together to make or break your everyday communications wherever you go...
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