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In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today's scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices--mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental "prosthetics" that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness--excel while others do not.

"Goleman has provided a highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while."--Financial TimesDaniel 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"Goleman has provided a highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while. --Financial Times"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"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"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""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"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-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"Daniel Goleman has surpassed himself in the breadth, depth, and readability of this fascinating meditation on what is most important for human, organizational, and planetary flourishing. Focusshows us how to go about paying attention in all the ways that really matter."--Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and author of Mindfulness for Beginners Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and author of Mindfulness for Beginners Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based St"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 Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Howard Garnder, John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Educati

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  • PDF | 375 pages
  • Prof Daniel Goleman PH D(Author)
  • Harper; International ed. edition (29 July 2014)
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  • By Laurence Dann on 1 November 2013

    Paying attention, remaining focused and excellence are obviously topics ofconsiderable interest to most of us in a relentless, busy and distracting world.Daniel Goleman is renowned for his work in Emotional Intelligence. I foundthis book entertaining, in parts interesting and easy to read throughout.Including the many references to the role of the parts of brain, for whichordinarily I would have minimal interest.I particularly liked the discussions about the good and bad effects of computergames on attention, the fact that attention and excellence are linked, theability to selectively pay attention, emotional hijacks and the value of daydreaming.Ironically, towards the end, I would have preferred this book to have been more'focused' on personal excellence as it relates to our individual roles, rather thanmeandering in the collective responsibility of a green agenda. That said, the narrativeon leadership does make some interesting points, albeit not too originally.The book summarises the anatomy of attention, self-awareness, seeingourselves as others see us, reading others, the roles of empathy, social sensitivityand leadership. In each topic, the role the brain plays and relevant anecdotes areused, many of which are possibly already well known to readers.This book is an easy read and held my attention throughout, but has the depth of aconversation, rather than on being loaded with riveting research and original insights.I felt that all too often the writer was stating the obvious, which could be as a resultof good writing in simplifying a potentially complex topic.I came away feeling more informed about the role of 'focus' in our everyday lives, butnot in any way empowered to do anything practical or excellent. Which I suppose is whyI didn't rate the book higher. Its likely that my expectations are misplaced or I havemissed the point of the Writer's intention. Needless to say, many like me, will enjoythe insights offered, yet without the expectation of a 'practical takeaway' would be moresatisfied. My expectation was that there would be a link to at least few practical steps assuggested (possibly ambiguously) in the title.In my opinion, the role of focus in saving the planet was so far removed from the erstwhilediscussions about personal behaviour, it made the chapter on the 'big picture' seem likeit belonged in another book. The relationship, while it does obviously exist, seems somewhatcontrived or misplaced under this book title.That said, for the price, it is a worthwhile read that provokes one to pay attention, withoutfocusing on anything particular in the end.

  • By Guest on 12 January 2017

    This book is quite badly lacking in focus. It offers a very broad schematic framework for thinking about attention and focus, but then buzzes about via a series of fairly disconnected anecdotes rather than really honing in on the central issues of attention and explaining them deeply in a way that would be of use to the reader. Not exactly a testament to the efficacy of the author's grasp of the subject.

  • By Tof on 7 May 2017

    This book is about leading by meaning. The author explains what focus is and isn't and how leaders tend to miss the right focus. He also offers small tools to reach true focus and inspire the people leaders have to guide.

  • By Blackshuck on 4 January 2015

    Readable, but unfocussed. I found this book quite difficult to get through - kept finding myself half way through a chapter and thinking 'I've forgotten what this book is about, what's it about again?' Goleman just doesn't manage to keep Focus! I think it could be shortened to about a third of the content.

  • By Occam's shaver on 14 May 2014

    I agree with the review by Laurence Dann - "Relevant and interesting discussions, but lacks focus in the end".I was expecting something more practical, but got a series of anecdotal stories often involving family members and friends. Lots of big shout outs here.His final chapter I found fascinating, because we have a politically left leaning thinker believing the world's problems can be solved by changing the "focus" of our leaders' minds. Whereas I am a more cynical and lean to the right politically, but I believe the reason the world's problems are so intractible is because they are emergent i.e. the result of the actions of many and consequently any solution would require us all to change. Furthermore, I think it is optimistic in the extreme to expect that "focussing" on a problem necessarily leads to a solution, indeed some problems are insolvable. Indeed haven't we learnt that "solving" one problem usually causes another problem.

  • By E. McAndrew on 23 March 2014

    Very disappointed with the content of this book. It is full of waffly passages that when analysed say nothing. it is aimed at people who want to learn to focus better but clearly this author writes poorly and I suspect has churned out this tripe just to make money not to produce a quality product. Badly written and edited!


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