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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great read, I used this book as a basis for seminars I do with managing directors in companies.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Dipesh Vibhakar

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and interesting discussions, but lacks focus in the end.
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...
Published 17 months ago by Laurence Dann


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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and interesting discussions, but lacks focus in the end., 1 Nov. 2013
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Laurence Dann "LD strategy" (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence (Kindle Edition)
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.

I came away feeling more informed about the role of 'focus' in our everyday lives, but
not in any way empowered to do anything practical or excellent. Which I suppose is why
I didn't rate the book higher. Its likely that my expectations are misplaced or I have
missed the point of the Writer's intention. Needless to say, many like me, will enjoy
the insights offered, yet without the expectation of a 'practical takeaway' would be more
satisfied. My expectation was that there would be a link to at least few practical steps as
suggested (possibly ambiguously) in the title.

In my opinion, the role of focus in saving the planet was so far removed from the erstwhile
discussions about personal behaviour, it made the chapter on the 'big picture' seem like
it belonged in another book. The relationship, while it does obviously exist, seems somewhat
contrived or misplaced under this book title.

That said, for the price, it is a worthwhile read that provokes one to pay attention, without
focusing on anything particular in the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but unfocussed. I found this book quite ..., 4 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Focus (Mass Market Paperback)
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I gave up, 11 Nov. 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 4 Jan. 2015
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Great read, I used this book as a basis for seminars I do with managing directors in companies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Dec. 2014
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Not quite finished yet but it is a very insightful book
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 Nov. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Focus, 8 Jan. 2015
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Good read, loved it and was very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 2 Mar. 2015
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Great book, excellent tips
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Nov. 2014
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Excellent book to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 July 2014
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Spot on good value
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