Your Brain at Work

Your Brain at Work

Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

Book - 2009
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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

Publisher: New York : Harper Business, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061771293
Branch Call Number: 650.1019 Roc
Characteristics: xiv, 288 pages : illustrations


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Nov 01, 2018

Personally, I don't like this book that much. There are some decent ideas here and there, but they are mostly widely known. I think there're a couple of other books written more clearly and more sharply.

JCS3F Feb 17, 2013

The kind of book worth reading again. Rock uses approachable metaphors and a basic overview of the functions of various regions of the brain to explain what professionals go through on a daily basis. He then provides solid strategies for overcoming issues and regaining productivity (reappraisal, labeling, prioritizing priorities, focusing on solutions instead of problems, etc). But perhaps his best advice is that forming new connections (neural and metaphorical) involves repetition. So to multi-task, internalize and automate one of the tasks you are working on so that you can focus appropriately on another task. And to retain the lessons of 'Your Brain at Work', read it again.

Dec 12, 2011

I loved this book! I use many of the strategies in everyday life, and have really benefited from them. I highly recommend

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