Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

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A&C Black, Oct 8, 2013 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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 under-rated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life.

Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental 'prosthetics' that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence. Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers.

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User Review  - traumleben - LibraryThing

In a bit of irony, this book lacks focus. It's a decent survey of the overall importance of focus, but it ranges from light neuroscience, to environmental activism on, to leadership. Aside from ... Read full review

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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

The first half of this book was fascinating. It presents excellent information and insight into how our brains work with regard to attention and focus. The second half was really just a collection of ... Read full review


The Subtle Faculty
The Anatomy of Attention
Attention Top and Bottom
The Value of a Mind Adrift
Finding Balance
The Inner Rudder
Patterns Systems and Messes
System Blindness
Distant Threats
Smart Practice
The Myth of 10000 Hours
Brains on Games
Breathing Buddies
The WellFocused Leader

Seeing Ourselves as Others See
A Recipe for SelfControl
Reading Others
The Woman Who Knew Too Much
The Empathy Triad
Social Sensitivity
How Leaders Direct Attention
The Leaders Triple Focus
What Makes a Leader?
Leading for the Long Future

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Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of many books, including the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence. He co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago). He lives in Massachusetts.


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