I just read about Emily and Paul in David Rock’s Your Brain at Work. Parents of two children in their struggle for an ideal work-life balance. Emily just got promoted in a large corporation; Paul runs his own business as a software consultant. The pressure in their lives, just like yours and mine, is filled with a bewildering blizzard of friction, tension, ambition, execution in the midst of emails, phone calls, conference calls, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Yeah, the kids are also an essential part in the lives of Paul and Emily.
Indeed, very recognizable!
Staying ahead of the storm becomes a seemingly insurmountable task provided we do not acknowledge how our brain works. In David Rock’s book, we lean how Emily and Paul’s brains work 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. The author is aware of how a the brain works—and more specifically, how it can perform in an optimal way in a work setting. We learn getting things done and feel comfortable at the end of the day with your beloved spouse and kids.
The core 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 My rating
4,5 stars on a scale 0-5. David Rock really rocks, bringing neuroscience studies and insights to the battlefield of work/life balance and even more important for management and leadership. The author provides easy access to the insights of complex studies and even more important constructs these into doable concepts. For me the real eye-opener was the introduction of the Scarf-concept as a valuable elaboration of change leadership concepts. Cecil Dijoux recently wrote about the concept in his post [...]: a must read with excellent references.
David Rock also contributes to transforming one personal work styles through doable principles. This is an invaluable contribution for me creating – indeed – a better work/life balance and acting as a better change leader.
This book is recommended reading for anyone who is interested in designing a better work/life balance and for those connecting to a changing context in the business world. It is then up to you how that knowledge and information will be applied by you to meet business, professional or personal success.
Ein Buch, dass einem gerade in Zeiten überlaufender Mail-Boxen interessante Anregungen gibt, wie man seine Arbeitseffizienz erheblich steigern kann. Mit einer klasse KOmbination aus wissenschaftlichem Hintergrund und praktischen Anwendungsbeispielen, die sich unmittelbar umsetzen lassen. Sehr zu empfehlen!
I have only read the first four chapters so far, but this sufficed already for increasing my efficiency in working :) The book is capturing, interesting to read but at the same time written in an easy and understandable way (That being said by someone who is usually bored by those kind of information and help-books) So I would defs recommend it to anyone interested in the subject!
A wonderful book for everyone interested in understanding own thinking processes better. You may have known all the pieces of advice stayed by David Rock, but the way he explains them adds an insight on its own. Have recommended the book to all my colleagues an it seems that inspiration of it is highly contagious, I got only positive comments back 😊
Hilft sich selbst besser zu verstehen. Das im Buch beschriebene "Labeling" hat mir sehr geholfen. Für fünf Sterne müsste es für meinen Geschmack allerdings doch weniger poppig aufbereitet sein -- die Einführung über "so läuft es falsch" und dann die "so läuft alles perfekt" hat mir zuviel von Rosa-Sonnenbrille...