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Your Brain at Work Audiobook

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

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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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    M. Merrill 08-19-16
    M. Merrill 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful"

    Really enjoyed it but took me a while to get into it. Give it a bit of time

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    online shopper 08-07-16
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    "Terrible narration"
    What would have made Your Brain at Work better?

    I did not finish listening yet, but the narration is awful!

    [What a terr..Rible way to narr-Rate a-book! This narr...Rator sounds like a human although I have liss-Stened to some computer prog-Rams that can nar-Rate slightly bett-Ter.]

    I will bite the bullet and listen all the way to the end only because I don't have time to read from paper. I hope it does not affect the clarity of my speech :( you know; everything in your brain is connected :).


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find someone who can narrate with natural speech.


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    Ildar R. Masagutov Orlando, FL USA 07-26-16
    Ildar R. Masagutov Orlando, FL USA 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Practical neuroscience for laymen"

    The narration was fine. Don't know why the other guy complained about it. The content should be interesting for people who have little idea how the brain works. I've been reading books and listening to lectures for a few years now, so very little was new to me. The book teaches to recognize and control the limbic system and gives real-life examples to illustrate how it works.

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    Mike Christensen 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Interesting and helpful book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I found a lot of good information in this book. I especially liked the parts on decoys and anchoring with pricing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Brain at Work?

    The study that found adding something to cause moral thought could effect the immediately behavior so much.


    What three words best describe Bob Walter’s voice?

    Boring, monotone, slow; this was the only thing I didn't like about the book - the narration


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

    This book is more of a cognitive endeavor than an emotional one IMO. I found the majority of it very informative and very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I took many notes and learned quite a bit from this book. I enjoyed the stories and was very interested with the studies listed. A better narrator would have made it better.

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    Patrick Johnson 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Useful analogy to help you understand why.."

    It changed the way I think! This book is like a toolbox for you brain. It provides easy to understand analogies of what your brain is doing in various scenarios at work. From multitasking and distractions to controlling stress and how becomes easier with an understanding what is going on in your brain . And it is all back up by neuroscience, so get ready for a refresher on all the parts of your brain.

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    startup_eng1 Tavares, Florida United States 05-28-16
    startup_eng1 Tavares, Florida United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great follow on to Brain Rules"

    Where Brain Rules informs you about how the brain is wired and functions based on 200 studies, Your Brain at Work took a similar approach by reviewing 300 studies and how you can improve performance by considering how our brains tend to operate. The take away is that all of us would communicate better if we took the time to learn how our brains function. I liked the approach the author used by using a play with actors to tell his story, which kept my interest high. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the author's other books.

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    Jake 05-23-16
    Jake 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Path to a More Enjoyable Working Life"

    Work is all around us, so whether your in the office or working on a favorite hobby this book gives the guidelines and fundamentals to operating efficiently and effectively. While that may sound boring, the result is more fulfillment via more productive, more cooperative and more enjoyable working hours. Highly recommended with high re-read and reference value

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    Douglass H. Crew Conway, SC 05-19-16
    Douglass H. Crew Conway, SC 05-19-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Approach"

    The idea of using the structure of a play for this book seemed rather cheesy to me at first. However, I must say that Rock made very good use of the medium. Rather than just an explanation of neural processes we got to see/hear them in practice.
    This is a book that definitely requires a hard copy to go with it. I will be digging through and rereading sections for sure.
    I actually teach on areas involving relationships, not at work, just in general, and I found there to be usual illustrations and information that intersects withy what I do.
    Helping people improve relational skills and problem solving capabilities is always good. You would think with the numerous books out there people would be staring to get this stuff but when you meet people in the way I do you hear all kinds of crazy stories of disfunction and complete lack of self awareness.

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    Holly Hagler 05-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    terrific book with great insights and,recommendations. excellent for work and personal life. have listened to it 5 times and bought the book.

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    Patrick North Hampton, NH 05-04-16
    Patrick North Hampton, NH 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "There is some interesting material here"
    If you could sum up Your Brain at Work in three words, what would they be?

    Some material interesting.


    What other book might you compare Your Brain at Work to and why?

    I compare it to some of the better productivity and self-improvement books out there. This book is not perfect (but what is?), but has some very interesting information.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    While I did not find everything in the book of value, there are certainly some really interesting points made by the author and very useful information within this book. I am glad I read it. I will be selecting useful "nuggets" from this book. That does not always happen and I think this book is a good selection for those who are seeking greater productivity for themselves, and those who seek self-improvement. There may be some material you can skim over, but other content is very useful.

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  • Scott
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Very interesting and relevant!"

    It was good to know it was not just me who, when I get to work find it very hard to concentrate on one thing as my brain decides to jump around all over the place especially when under pressure.



    This book brought out several things I know I do - That feeling of dread when 100 emails download in the morning, the lack of focus and the feeling of being constantly interrupted by my own thoughts, putting things off etc



    By using the analogy of the stage to represent how your brain works and how much energy somethings require it was really easy to understand the key points from this book. At first I was worried as the narrator started talking about Frontal Cortex, frontal lobes etc and thought this would be a dull listen but by using the characters in the book, couple of busy married people with pressured jobs and typical family life, it made the theories and approaches from the book very relevant, easy to understand and grasp.



    Really good audio book if you are trying to focus more and understand how your brain works (at work and at home) and how you need to manage your brain and stop it losing focus and energy then I would recommend this book.



    Highly recommended!

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  • Yasser
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/25/12
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    "Helped me better focus at work"

    I work with multinational teams spread out across the globe and the topics discussed in this book addressed major areas of concern that I had in such working environments. The author starts with an example that highlights a less than ideal way of dealing with a scenario, discusses what went wrong, why, and how to avoid it, then goes through a modified version of the scenario that fixes what went wrong.

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  • simon
    sunderland, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "This book really plays with your mind"

    A good book but only listen/read if you are doing nothing else as you need to give it all of your energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rani
    WALTHAM CROSS, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
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    "Your Brain At Work"

    Really loved this book. It is one of the few self help books with examples that can happen in any professional's life. The book gives effective ways of making your brain operate effectively in stressful time-bound situations and in working with other people. Definitely one of the best self help books I ever listened to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • redwood
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    1/5/12
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    "Great practical ideas"

    I was reluctant to buy this audiobook because of the various comments relating to the narrators advice. I'm glad I decided to ignore the comments and buy it! Ok, I know what people mean about the narrator's voice, he does sound a little like the voiceover guy on 'The Twilight Zone'!, but to be honest I didn't find this off-putting at all - on the contrary his vocal style seemed to fit the subject matter.

    As far as the content goes, the book explains how the brain works, how that effects peoples performance at every day work tasks, and tips about how to organise your thinking in a more effective way. The book uses a series of scenes from a play depicting two people at work in order to illustrate the key points.

    I found this a really interesting and useful book, and have already started to apply some of the ideas.

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  • Mark
    United Kingdom
    12/1/11
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    "Why don't we know this already?"

    Your brain is up there with, er oxygen and it is amazing how little most of us know about its capabilities and limitations and how to make the most of this most vital of assets. The core analogy, namely seeing the brain as a stage, works well. I would have awarded 5 stars but found that at just short of 10hrs the message could have been delivered more succinctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CC
    Scotland
    11/21/11
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    "Extremely useful book"

    It's not often you read a book in this space then change your behaviour based on what you've learnt. I've done that. I've repeated many of the ideas to people I work with (the early suggestion about the costs of prioritizing in particular) and I will continue to do so for years. A real keeper.

    (Oh, and I know it's a preference thing, but I enjoyed the narrator's voice and style.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Monks Risborough, United Kingdom
    11/11/11
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    "Probably good content spoilt by poor narration"

    Should have listened to another reviewer who commented in same vein. Whilst the production is perfectly clear, the almost monotone narration does it no favours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • N. D. Lenehan
    uk
    1/30/12
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    "Great Contents- Poorly Executed"

    I can cope withy most badly narrated audiobooks- but not this one..aarrrrrrgggggghhhhhh. Such good contents so looks like I'll be buying the book copy,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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