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
Charlie Seymour Jr
I keep listening to brain books. This was really well laid out and fun to follow!
Charlie Seymour Jr
It offered a view to the brain's working in a clear and logical way. Soon I was able to see my own thinking as part of a stage of actors and how sometimes they acted on their own terms. Much like mice when the cat was not around.
This audiobook offered so many tips that I imagine posters with pointers and reminders all around me.
First of all I've seen that a lot of people tend not to like Bob Walter's performance. I absolutely love his voice. There is something about his deep voice and his inflections that help me better concentrate on the subject. So 5 stars for the reading performance, in my opinion.
The book is very well structured and the examples are very good and solid, though I would have preferred more than just one example for a certain situation. But the story-like approach, with a before and after structure, kind of makes up for this. It's a pretty nice way of learning about the subject.
Basically the author makes you reflect on what you already know or have experienced relating to you brain, but he gives you the explanation on why it happened like so, and what you can do to control certain situations. It really helps you understand how the chemistry works and what you can do about it, based on your desired outcome.
It also gives you a lot of insight on how groups work and how you work with groups. This is what I loved most about the book.
I highly recommend you listen to this audio book, especially if you deal on a day to day basis with groups of people at the office. It will really help you make your life better in certain situations, or at least help you realize yourself what needs to be done in order to get the most out of your brain.
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 :).
Find someone who can narrate with natural speech.
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.
Yes - I found a lot of good information in this book. I especially liked the parts on decoys and anchoring with pricing.
The study that found adding something to cause moral thought could effect the immediately behavior so much.
Boring, monotone, slow; this was the only thing I didn't like about the book - the narration
This book is more of a cognitive endeavor than an emotional one IMO. I found the majority of it very informative and very good.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.)
"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.
"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,
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