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Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People by [Hallowell, Ned]
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"This is a great book with some great ideas on how to manage groups that aren't just Dilbert clones." - Portland Book Review

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Edward M. Hallowell M.D. is a psychiatrist, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, which serves individuals with emotional and learning problems. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 20 years. He has written two popular Harvard Business Review articles and authored 13 books, including the national bestseller Driven to Distraction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (13 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Shine has one of the best introductions I have read in a long while. Hallowell's story of meeting "Dr. Shine" at the airport was inspiring. This story also gave the author the opportunity to overview the content of the book and the concepts he was to cover. I couldn't wait to see what was to come and eagerly turned the pages.

My enthusiasm dissipated somewhat as the book progressed. Not that it's not good - it is. Hallowell does a great job of synthesising much of the brain psychology research into good messages for managers. However, I felt the explanation of the "Why?" at times overpowered and overshadowed the "How?" (this might work for managers).

For example, there was plenty of explanation, but merely two to three paragraphs on how a manager might use the important concept of framing/reframing.

For a visual reader such as myself, the "Cycle of Excellence" would lend itself to a visual/diagram. I could then see where the five key concepts - (Select, Connect, Play, Grapple and Grow) fitted in the cycle. This would also have been very useful as a review tool and as an "on the desk reminder" for everyday use at work.

To me, the book seems to be a cross between a management text and a "how to" for managers. If the target audience is indeed managers, then they might need to do some extrapolation of the concepts to work out how to apply them in practise. There were however, a number of places where the author gives a list of things one can do to implement some of the concepts of Shine and this is useful. In particular, Chapter 7 "The Cycle of Excellence" which summarises the book, will be most useful for managers - in fact, one could almost read the summary first and then go to other parts of the book if one needed further explanation.
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Format: Hardcover
I agree with Edward Hallowell: "Put simply, the best managers bring out the best from their people. This is true of football coaches, orchestra conductors, big-company executives, and small-business owners. They are like alchemists who turn lead into gold. Put more accurately, they find and mine the gold that resides in everyone."
Of course, that is also a worthy objective for managers: to find and mine the "gold" within themselves as well as within others...and then refine it. There is an additional dimension of engagement that should also be mentioned, suggested by the fact that parents raise future wives and mothers as well as daughters and future husbands and fathers as well as sons: In a role in which they do resemble alchemists, the best managers help those entrusted to their care to become effective managers.

Hallowell suggests a five-step process "to ignite peak performance." He devotes a separate chapter to each step: (1) Select high potentials and align their strengths with the work for which they are best suited, (2) establish and then continue to strengthen connections with those who are managed as well as between and among them, and meanwhile (3) ensure that the work environment is one that stimulates and nourishes "imaginative engagement" (i.e. play); (4) create conditions in which people are encouraged to "grapple and grow" by taking prudent risks that are exciting learning opportunities, and (5) do anything and everything possible to help me "shine" with pride in what they have achieved, joy in having done it with pleasure, and confidence that that this "Cycle of Excellence" will be self-perpetuating.
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By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2011
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Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell starts by offering new information about human cognition and moves into explaining how to manage people better based on systematically applying fresh findings in neuroscience. He also confirms or debunks some earlier concepts about cognition. Hallowell goes on to suggest a solid, five-step, scientifically grounded "Cycle of Excellence" that managers can use to improve performance and productivity. The advice is clear and cumulative: find the right job fit, build connection, foster play, commit to work and reward excellence. getAbstract recommends his perceptive advice to those who are interested in the science behind human motivation, including human resource officers and managers seeking to bring out the very best in their employees, allowing them to "shine" in their everyday work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the style of motivational speakers, you'll like this book 16 May 2014
By Carl Kirstein - Published on Amazon.com
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"in ethical and religious language we seem constantly to be using similes. But a simile must be the simile for something. And if I can describe a fact by means of a simile I must also be able to drop the simile and to describe the facts without it. Now in our case, as soon as we try to drop the simile and simply to state the facts which stand behind it, we find that there are no such facts. And so, what at first appeared to be simile now seems to be mere nonsense." [Wittgenstein]

Hallowel likes using similes and buzzwords far too much, obscuring the substance of the content and leaving it apparently superficial. There are gold nuggets in his book, and he refers to literary authorities to assist his subjects, but the book reads more like a motivational speaker's presentation... or worse: like a snake-oil salesman's pitch. This is a pity, because an engineer like myself need to know how to get the most out of my subordinates and colleagues and there seems merit to most of what he writes about.

The style of the book is the biggest problem I have though, but if you can ignore the floral embellishments and buzzwords, then you could really get some value out of it. The final two chapters especially were worthwhile for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ph.D. owes Shoeshine Guy 16 Jun. 2014
By Bridget - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book, which was a text book for a management course. I loved that it illustrates that the lofty Ivory Tower people have much to learn from the down to earth regular people who just keep their eyes and minds open. Knowledge is not only found in universities. (I needed a bit of snakiness that semester!)

This was a book I reviewed for a marketing course as an example of good packaging of an idea which could be repackaged to directly address a range of readers. This book focused on management applications, but could be tweaked for educators, coaches, or anyone dealing with individuals and a group dynamic. It's like a basic cookie recipe which could be adapted to chocolate chips, sprinkles, decorator frosting, peanut butter, etc. ;-)

A welcome light read in a densely text-booked semester. ;-) Enjoy!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece for Managing People! 31 Mar. 2012
By Tarek Hassan - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not my first reading for Dr. Hallowell. His writing style is amusing and he makes a wonderful job in creating the context for his advices through real-life anecdotes. Moreover, he excels in transforming recent scientific discoveries in psychiatry into applicable actions for managers to get the most out of their teams, which is the main goal of the book.

The process presented by Dr. Hallowell, called the Cycle of Excellence, does not address a single key idea as the basis for peak performance. It is a combination of many ideas while drawing upon the latest research from diverse disciplines. It is a process that he have created and honed over the past 25 years as a doctor, practicing psychiatrist, author, consultant, and instructor at the Harvard Medical School.

Hallowell's cycle consists of five steps (Select, Connect, Play, Grapple & Grow, and Shine), with each chapter explaining one of them and concluding with few pages listing valuable, concrete suggestions on how to implement the explained concept.

What's unique in this book and in the Cycle of Excellence is the bringing together of the five steps, each one of which is not new in itself, but taken together create a new and powerful approach to bring out the best in people.

I highly recommend this book for managers and CEOs who want their companies to thrive even in difficult times!
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, uplifting, hopeful 2 Sept. 2013
By S. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. It was a place of inspiration and hope when I worked in for a healthcare organization that valued the financial bottom line far more than people. We all need to contribute, be recognized and respected, and we all work smarter, with more dedication when we feel that we are part of a project or cause that is greater than ourselves. Dr Hallowell nails it. NOT just for folks with ADHD or ADD, we ALL live in a pretty ADD world now so this book applies to most work situations!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise and Shine 16 Aug. 2013
By Do-Gooder - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a strong bend for positive psychology, particularly the intersection of business management and brain science. Dr. Hallowell, a neurologist, provides excellent insight into the mind's interworking without being too "geeky." If you are a business leader, you would be doing yourself a huge favor to pick up this book. Chance are, you'll rethink your approach toward management, engagement, and empowerment. Excellent book!
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