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
Perhaps I've read or listened to a few too many of this sort. It was fine but nothing new or rather different. I often listen to audio a few times or check my own notes on books that inspire thought, or new perspective and idea, I began listening to this one again. I didn't, or couldn't. the 3 stars is for effort.
No for the reasons above
I am not a big one for self-help books, but this book is very helpful in the way it not only sheds light on the science behind brain function, but also offers useful tips on how to apply that insight on a daily basis. It keeps the science simple and the examples relevant: we all face the daily challenges that the author's principle characters encounter. He shows us why we succumb to fuzzy thinking and offers a way out of the vicious cycle of self-defeatist behavior. Very worthwhile!
Honestly my life changed because of this book...specially the labeling technique helped me leave some unwanted habbits...it was one of the best books i have read on the subject...a big thanks to the author for this masterpiece.
I listened to the book twice...specially the part about how to avoid bad habbits
He was nice...i am not into reading so cant say
Change your life :)
No just tell the author he is a genius :)
A good book, using common examples the author guides you through the minefields of the brain. While the topic is very interesting in general, I somehow found it hard to focus on the not overly enthusiastical voice of the narrator.
It's got some great points about the workings of the brain and points on how to react to different situations. What makes it more interesting is the fact that the auther uses 4 characters - a family and their reaction to real life situations to explain the theories he is presenting.
But the narrator maybe is not the optimal for this kind of book. At least I didn't quite feel as the author was talking to me. The reader reads far to slowly oftentimes I was forgettinge the beginning of the sentence when it ended. Thank goodnes Audible Iphone app has the possibility to select 1 1/2 times speed as 2x sounds funny and strange to listen to.
Educational, insightful, attention-keeping
If only all education used this technique... I'd be the rocket scientist I always knew I could be.
I listened to the story at 1.25 and 1.5 speed, because it's such a long audio and time is precious... but I thought Bob Walter's performance was EXCELLENT. Sounds like he was talking from the heart, not the pages of a book.
Don't be a victim of your brain
HIGHLY recommend the ebook.
The narrator, and to may biological terms.
No, awful narration and voice.
To analize better how to react on certain circumstances.
The information is good, but the narrator makes you go to sleep. Its to much informaticion for an auditobook, with to many biological terms.
This book was more physical science than any useful information
The in depth explanations of the various regions of the brain
Was painful to listen to
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.
As in most my reviews, I like when I can set the speed to three times as fast an still understand the reader.
The title is perfect:
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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