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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Goleman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Goleman appears to have the measure of his readers. In Focus, he cleverly employs short chapters littered with case studies to engage professionals swimming against a tide of electronic correspondence ... A highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while (Financial Times)

From the best-selling author of Emotional Intelligence is this collection on attention, about our age of rampant distraction. Goleman says both focused attention and mind-wandering are necessary for well-balanced, insightful brains ... This is a riveting read (Irish Examiner)

Focus certainly recounts some diverting anecdotes (Ed Smith, The Times)

Sure to provoke oodles of debate about declining attention spans in the young (Bookseller)

This book is about the importance of staying focused when distractions have never been greater ... Goleman's book ranges across psychology and sociology with a mix of anecdotes, research and personal observations (Irish Times)

Book Description

Bestselling author Daniel Goleman returns with a groundbreaking look at the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (8 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQZN930
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Goleman, PhD, covers the behavioural and brain sciences for the New York Times and his articles appear throughout the world in syndication. His latest book, Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, was published in January 2003. He has taught at Harvard (where he received his PhD) and was formerly senior editor at Psychology Today. His previous books include Vital Lies, Simple Truths; The Meditative Mind; and as co-author, The Creative Spirit. He was also a contributor to the business reference work, Business: The Ultimate Resource.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Paying attention, remaining focused and excellence are obviously topics of
considerable interest to most of us in a relentless, busy and distracting world.
Daniel Goleman is renowned for his work in Emotional Intelligence. I found
this book entertaining, in parts interesting and easy to read throughout.
Including the many references to the role of the parts of brain, for which
ordinarily I would have minimal interest.

I particularly liked the discussions about the good and bad effects of computer
games on attention, the fact that attention and excellence are linked, the
ability 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 than
meandering in the collective responsibility of a green agenda. That said, the narrative
on leadership does make some interesting points, albeit not too originally.

The book summarises the anatomy of attention, self-awareness, seeing
ourselves as others see us, reading others, the roles of empathy, social sensitivity
and leadership. In each topic, the role the brain plays and relevant anecdotes are
used, 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 a
conversation, 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 result
of good writing in simplifying a potentially complex topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought-provoking 29 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Goleman's book artfully brings together thinking on emotional intelligence, mindfulness and systems thinking. Highly recommended for any one in a leadership position.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I gave up 11 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sorry Daniel. Your other stuff may be great and perhaps there is good research in here. But I gave up after a few chapters. If there is something worth saying, this would need to be completely rewritten.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New views from an old favourite 16 Dec 2013
My husband finds it excellent. The writer has matured and finds more philiosophical ways to look at things. He thought it might be a re-hash, but, although DG refers to earlier books, it is fresh and new.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Nov 2013
By Ms Li
Format:Kindle Edition
I am an advocate of Daniel Goleman. I have this as a kindle book and also as CDs. Together they are remarkable insights into emotional intelligence - taking responsibility and Focus. I find his writing and his voice easy to follow. I am learning a great deal and use this information to coach individuals and groups towards a better understanding of EI.
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