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Daniel Goleman
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8. Oktober 2013
The author of global bestsellers Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence returns with a groundbreaking look at the science of high performance and its implications, whether managing oneself or a team in sports, the arts, politics, or work.

For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus he delves into recent neuroscience research on attention, self-mastery, and metacognition, bringing these often under-appreciated mental abilities to center stage. He shows how the ability to focus-what the author calls self-reflexive attention -is essential for high performance. Rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive swimming, chamber music ensembles, Zen Buddhism, and the corner office reveal core principles and techniques that readers can apply to improve their ability to harness their attention and to achieve their goals.

New and startling findings highlight the importance of Focus when it comes to performing at our best. One global study of the management abilities of more than 4,000 top level executives reveals that this mental skill-Focus-is the key to all the rest. Other research from professional sports and the performing arts also shows how Focus distinguishes stars from average performers. The cluster of competencies that form Focus range from staying calm under pressure and the discipline and drive to continually improve, to empathy, persuasion, and conflict management. Focus predicts who will be an outstanding leader, team member, or solo performer.

The topic of this book has been the subject of research in cognitive neuroscience for years, but little work has linked this arcane field of research to everyday excellence. Focus makes that connection, bringing home how this mental asset matters enormously for how we navigate our lives and careers.

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper; Auflage: International (8. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062295292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062295293
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,8 x 15 x 2,4 cm
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“Daniel Goleman has surpassed himself in the breadth, depth, and readability ofthis fascinating meditation on what is most important for human, organizational, andplanetary flourishing. Focusshows us how to go about paying attention in all the ways that really matter.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductionand author of Mindfulness for BeginnersJon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductionand author of Mindfulness for BeginnersJon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based St)

“With compelling insights, wide-ranging examples, and cutting-edge science, Daniel Goleman makes the convincing case that the ability to focus is a key to excellence, in both our personal and professional lives-and also explains how to boost that focus.” (Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project)

“Daniel Goleman has written the perfect prescription for today’s deficit of attention in business and life....Highly recommended!” (Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Peak and Emotional Equations)

“Goleman has provided a highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while.” (Financial Times)

“I’ve been studying attention for more than a decade, but I learned something new on every page of Focus. It is a powerful guide for taking control of our attention and will lead you to nothing less than taking control of your life.” (Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement and CEO of The Energy Project)

“Attention is so important that ordinary people take it for granted, while scientists subject it to microanalysis. Steering deftly between these extremes, Dan Goleman synthesizes what is known and what we need to know.” (Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognitionand Education at the Harvard Graduate School of EducationHoward Garnder, John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Educati)

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The author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence returns with a groundbreaking look at today's scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long-overdue discussion of this little-noticed and underrated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive, in a complex world.

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Sehr interessant aber mir fehlt der rote Faden (Focus... ;-) ) etwas da der Autor von einem Thema zum anderen übergeht ohne wirklich erkennbare Kontinuität...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A surprisingly unfocused book about focus 8. August 2013
Von Mark P. McDonald - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Daniel Goleman's writings about emotional intelligence (EQ) have become a central element of human resource and leadership development. That earlier work, its importance and wide scale adoption raised the bar for this book -- Focus. A bar that Goleman misses, not for the lack of ideas, but for the surprisingly disjointed approach and arguments of his chapters. Its a four star book - worth reading if you have the time, but its ok if you miss this one particularly if you have read other books about the brain, attention or social science. Here is why:

This book covers ground that others have already written about and explained. From the Stamford Marshmallow study to discussions about how the internet is rotting your brain, Goleman breaks little new ground nor offers really new advice or insight. If you have read other books about these subjects than take a pass as Goleman is late to the game.

There is little in the way of an actionable idea or framework in focus, beyond talking about the way the brain works top down or bottom-up. Unlike EQ, there is not simple way to practice or adoption. Sorry but there is no focus quotient or FQ -- probably for good reason -- but this is a major gap.

The overall book's organizations is more of a collection separate essays -- a compendium rather than a book which require great focus.

Sorry, this is a book that is worth reading, but not one worth putting to the top of your list -- like EQ
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Out Of Focus 7. August 2013
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The book is well written with every chapter peppered with amusing examples and stories making it an interesting read. Most of us will agree that we are deluged by interruptions and distractions every step of the way. Be it the Email, or IM or text. Multiply by a factor of ten or hundred to see the interruptions a teenager faces. If any one had any doubt about the impact it is having on each one of us and the society as a whole, the book settles the issue.

But wait, how do I increase my focus ?

Do I do Yoga? . How do I effectively increase my focus while juggling between office work, Kids , pickup and drop off at school, Homework, Baseball,Watching NBA, America's Got Talent, shopping for Milk . Yes, superficial advice in the book like "walk in the nature" are good but they are not silver bullets. (Smart games > oh yeah, my kid will love it to improve Focus as he spends hours on it) The entire book reflects one side of the coin with no real solutions to improve focus. There are chapters on "Well focused Leader" .. It is a fact that the leaders get all the help, best training programs with or without reading the book...It is a common man like you and me who needs help .

The book would be a 4 star if it was written by anyone other than Goleman,but the benchmark set by him for himself in Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition makes me give this book three stars. Well, don't be disappointed. Do yourself a favor by reading other master pieces like Thinking, Fast and Slow and of course, the all time great The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, but lacks focus 5. August 2013
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I've been studying the topic of focus rather intently recently, trying to find new thinking in the area. I've read Pomodoro technique, Eat That Frog, was working on GTD, and so Goleman's book arriving just at the right time was a lovely surprise. The book starts with relatively laser-like focus on the eponymous title of the book. But after four or five chapters he drifts away. I loved the first section of the book. Really well done. But I came looking for a book on the topic of focus, and I found a book that riffed on several topics of interest to Goleman, many individually fascinating, but only peripherally related to the central idea of the book. In some books, that is a perfectly acceptable approach. With a book titled "Focus", that seems inexcusable.

I loved some other parts of the book. He talks better than I've ever heard someone talk about the 4-sigma empaths. He points out the limitations in the 10,000 hour rule around practice, and discusses eduation issues well. He discusses leadership. And he conlcueds by annoyingly riffing on economically illiterate sustainability issues at the end of the book.

He also hits a bunch of standard psychology topics, as with most modern popular psychology books, which becomes annoying when you've read the rest of them.

The first few chapters were clear and insightful enough to give the book 5 stars, had it continued as it was. If it had had just one digression into a topic like hyper-emotionally intelligent folks...it would also have been worth 5 stars. But the comprehensive lack of focus, and the annoying obligatory environmental bits at the end push it down to 3.5 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How to pay attention and why it matters 3. August 2013
Von Dennis Littrell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In part this book is aimed at helping readers become better at what they do. In this sense "Focus" is a sophisticated self-help book. Love what you do, do what you love and do it with focus and deliberate (and smart) practice and your life will be more rewarding.

In a larger sense this book is about saving the planet from the catastrophic threat of systems breakdown with reference to pollution, soil depletion and erosion, habitat destruction, global warming, etc.

The book is organized into seven parts. In the first, "The Anatomy of Attention," Goleman presents his ideas about "top-down" and "bottom up" drivers of behavior and how focus leads to "flow" which is "full absorption" in what we do. He makes a distinction between our attention being "hijacked" which leads to negative outcomes and our attention being deliberately allowed to drift, which leads to creative ideas. We find "balance" when we live our lives in harmony with periods of intense focus (but without undue stress) followed by periods of creative drift.

Goleman sees bottom-up drivers as coming from our more primitive brain modules and top down drivers as coming from the so-called higher brain modules such as the neocortex. These two systems must work in harmony for us to be successful and for us to be able to find and manage sustainable systems for the planet.

In Part II "Self-Aware" Goleman guides the reader toward seeing ourselves as others see us and gives a "recipe for self-control."

Part III "Reading Others" is mainly about what Goleman calls "The Empathy Triad," that is, three ways of being empathetic. Empathy comes from within ourselves and is partly the result of mirror neurons which allow us to feel what others are feeling. Interesting is the idea that sociopaths experience what others are feeling in their frontal lobes instead of in the limbic system. What this can lead to is the sense that the suffering of others is merely academic or verbal, which may be why sociopaths don't really care how anybody feels but themselves.

In Part IV "The Bigger Context" Goleman shifts to the "Patterns, Systems, and Messes" of the entire planet and what we can do to better understand what is going on. He argues that we suffer from "system blindness" leading to an inability to deal effectively with "distant threats" such as the earth's rising temperature.

In Part V "Smart Practice" Goleman shows us how to get better not just by putting in the highly touted 10,000 hours of practice but by practicing with a deliberate goal of improvement augmented with feedback.

Part VI is about "The Well-Focused Leader" while Part VII "The Big Picture" looks to how we can focus on the future and make things better for our children and grandchildren.

Goleman is as always both upbeat and caring. He is readable and you get the sense that he really cares about being a positive force for good in the world. The material in the book is mostly new and cutting edge. Goleman has done the homework and the field work as both a psychologist and a journalist. This is a book that reveals what contemporary psychology is about in a personal, hands on sort of way.

Some quotables (page numbers are approximate since I am reading an uncorrected proof):

"The signs of mental fatigue, such as a drop in effectiveness and [a] rise in distractedness and irritability, signify that the mental effort needed to sustain focus has depleted the glucose that feeds neural energy." (56) If you pay attention you can actually feel low blood sugar. It may make you shake a little.

"Self-awareness, then, represents an essential focus, one that attunes us to the subtle murmurs within that can help guide our way through life." (63) As Goleman writes a couple of pages later, these are "somatic markers" which are "sensations in our body that tell us when a choice feels wrong or right." The term is from neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, whose books I highly recommend.

"In the mind's arena, willpower (a facet of `ego') represents a wrestling match between top and bottom systems. Willpower keeps us focused on our goals despite the tug of our impulses, passions, habits, and cravings. This cognitive control represents a `cool' mental system that makes an effort to pursue our goals in the face of our `hot' emotional reactions--quick, impulsive, and automatic." (88)

What Goleman doesn't emphasize about self-control or willpower is that if you don't have it you are not likely to get it. He cites the famous study by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel with kids trying to delay their desire to eat a marshmallow in order to get two later. The kids that were able to delay gratification did better in life than those who could not. The salient point however is that in follow up studies (as Goleman reports on page 87) the "'high delayers' who resisted the marshmallow at age four were still able to delay gratification, but the `low delayers' were still poor at stifling impulse."

"The longer someone ignores an email before finally responding, the more relative social power that person has. Map these response times across an entire organization and you get a remarkably accurate chart of the actual social standing. The boss leaves emails unanswered for hours or days; those lower down respond within minutes." (124) Goleman adds that an analysis of Enron Corporation emails revealed exactly this pattern.

Finally here is what I thought was the most fascinating factoid in the book. Computers searched an enormous number of keystrokes on Google for flu-related words like "fever" or "ache" to create an algorithm to predict flu outbreaks. "The resulting algorithm identifies flu outbreaks within a day, compared with the two weeks it typically takes the CDC to notice hot spots for the disease based on reports from physicians." (133)

--Dennis Littrell, author of "The World Is Not as We Think It Is"
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing new 27. Oktober 2013
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Ironically the book lacks focus. It goes from emotional intelligence to Dalai Lama and ultimately saving the world. I truly respect Daniel Goleman and his work but this book was not worthy my time and money.
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