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
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.
27 yr old immersed in personal development. Startup junkie, life hacker, visionary, real estate investor, and follower of my man Jesus!
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!
I have no idea why it is so cheap.
It is a must read for entrepreneurs
Easy to understand the most complicated machine in universe
Schedule scheduling first
This book has been a great experience. It has really opened my mind up to utilizing a different perspective with managing my staff and understanding how my brain works in a different capacities for which I deal with day-to-day.
I learned so much about why we do some of the things we do from this book. I'm a mental health counselor and I have gained new tools to help people make changes in their lives. I have repeatedly told others some of the principles meant to make life easier and more understandable.
As courses go I would say this course was slightly above-average. I glean some useful information, but wasn't overwhelmed by the content.
Interesting content but I found the narration really boring and hard to focus on, had to increase the speed. Also not a fan of the comparison of the brain function and theatre and stage with actors and a director. Thought it distracted from the interesting content and research and the comparison would only really appeal to people interested in theatre. I would have rather spent the time listening to case studies and practical exercises to help implement some of the fascinating insights discussed. I'm going to listen to it again and take some notes because it really was easy to switch off at the monotone slow voice but i want to use the knowledge in life. Overall I enjoyed it, would I recommend it? Really depends on the listener.
"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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