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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury; 1st edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408829118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408829110
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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

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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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How can such a non-fiction book be so hard to put down as Focus? It offers emotional scientists and everybody else an insight into people's mind, literally.
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