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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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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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    Abhishek BANGALORE, India 07-31-11
    Abhishek BANGALORE, India 07-31-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Application of Brain knowledge"

    Now I understand why I feel tired somes times and unproductive , it is not my motivation level but the capacity of brain.Practical and to the point.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Jennings 02-01-15 Member Since 2014

    27 yr old immersed in personal development. Startup junkie, life hacker, visionary, real estate investor, and follower of my man Jesus!

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    "My favorite audiobook over the last year!"

    Really one of the best books I've read over the last year.
    David Rock does a phenomenal job with reprogramming your mind by helping you understand your brain and becoming more self aware.
    This was the first audio book I had to listen to without doing anything else.
    David gets super technical with neuroscience experiment examples and parts of the brain. I couldn't understand it unless I was fully tuned in!
    I plan on reading this 3-4 more times and practicing the techniques Mr Rock provides through the book.
    I'd say this is a must read for anyone looking to have a little more control over their life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paige 06-17-15
    Paige 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good :)"

    I wasn't really into the stage thing but I could understand it. This book helped a lot for me to understand what my brain is doing in social situations and how I can work my way through them peacefully.

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    Amazon Customer USA 06-02-15
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    "Excellent book on how the brain govern focus"

    If is an excellent book and it frames well many situations in which knowledge about brain function might help overcome challenges.

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    Peter 04-08-15
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    Would you listen to Your Brain at Work again? Why?

    Absolutely. I've listened to this audiobook twice already which has helped me integrate its teachings into daily life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this book are the recaps at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book. It makes it easy to grasp the concepts and execute behavior.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Walter – was your favorite?

    I had no favorite character, but appreciated the home and work situations played out from the perspective of each gender.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wish I read this book in college or even earlier instead of now in my early forties. There are so many great tools and techniques in this book to help nurture emotional and mental health, as well as strengthen relationships.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my children to help them nurture their cognitive and emotional development.

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    Alan Edward Yue San Francisco, CA USA 04-05-15
    Alan Edward Yue San Francisco, CA USA 04-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "know thy self as a key to success."

    this book provides scientific and practical knowledge on how the brain works in everyday situations, how we react and respond to situations? and how that impacts our interactions with others. by understanding how our brain works we can cultivate awareness and habits which can make us happier people and more effective leaders.

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    Eric 02-21-15
    Eric 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Life-changing ideas!"

    This book presents life-changing ideas from a scientific standpoint in a simple manner understandable by anyone.
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    "Helpful information presented in a memorable way"

    I listened to this book off and on and ended up listening to a lot of the book more than once. I found it enlightening to have a scientific reason for behavior most of us have experienced. Even though the format of the book and/or the narration is a little hokey, I gain so much from listening that it didn't bother me and maybe even helped me remember it better.
    My reason for finally reviewing this book that I listened to over a year ago, is that I so frequently find myself telling others about this book, what I learned from it and how it helped me manage my employees and even improve our training methods.
    Worth listening to in my opinion.

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    Daniel Mexico 02-12-15
    Daniel Mexico 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting but somewhat complex"

    The concept of this audio book was enlightening. It got complex sometimes so I listened the book twice to understand well the concepts and examples.

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    Zachary 02-10-15
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    I really enjoyed this book and will listen again! As well as recommend to others

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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.)

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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
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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,

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