Andy Gibson read all the books and papers on neuroscience and psychology related to work - so you don't have to. The result is a concise, clearly laid out volume of valuable insight and advice.
Andy runs through how to feed your mind, master your moods and get motivated. Helping you create a baseline for good work. He then delves into how to handle pressure, train your mind - and make better decisions.
With this in hand you'll be ready to take on the 21st century imperatives: how to work collaboratively and creatively.
And if you want to dive deeper, there are footnotes galore. Enjoy!
Such an amazing book! Fascinating twist on how to create a mind for business. It is an easy understandable book that goes into how the brain works and gives you practical advice how to use that for your business and life. I especially liked the twitter and other summary :) this way you can review it from time to time without going through the entire book again.
Three questions: do you work? Do you manage people? Does anyone manage you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. It'll help you enjoy work more, get more done, and get on better with your colleagues. Sounds too good to be true, right? To be clear, it won't do this through some magic get-happy-fast formula. Instead, the writer – who runs a business that helps other businesses do all these things – has done his research, and offers all sorts of insights and ways (handily broken down into clear chapters like Feed Your Mind, Master Your Moods, Make Smarter Decisions and Influence People) that'll help you be more effective. My personal favourite bits: the Mindapples idea of caring for your mind just like you care for your body. So you need to get your five-a-day for your mind Happier workers are 12% more productive in a chapter called Get Motivated: “Successful people, and successful businesses, maximise the time they spend in a state called flow.” on the difference between pressure and stress: “pressure can be motivating but stress it not” in a chapter called Train Your Mind, he refers to Charles Duhigg's Power of Habit, and breaks down how you can change your habits – like checking email too often. (I'm using this cool tool as I write this, ignoring the pull to click on to my email.) love this quote in Make Smarter Decisions from a Zen Buddhist teacher called Gudo Wafu Nishijima: “If you have to make a decision it's because you don't have enough information. If you have all the information, there's no decision to make.” (Of course in the real world, unless you're God, you can't have all the information… but still.) It isn't a narrative book, so you could be hard pushed to read it in one sitting, but it's great to dip in and out of. You could make picking it up one of your five-a-day Mindapples…
As an ex-senior innovation and strategy consultant who wobbled dangerously close to the brink of a major-crisis-mode-burn-out just last Summer, I cannot express enough how critically essential such a book like this really is in our society, workplaces and lives today. Don't be fooled by the word 'business' in the title, this book can help absolutely everyone understand how to look after their minds better in order to really make the most of them. Beautifully written and illustrated, this is a unique and captivating read that delivers a truly practical and excellent guide into how our minds actually work. Pooling together the best of neuroscientific and psychological research and punctuated by some very striking and heart-warming quotes, A Mind for Business succeds in the tough task of translating otherwise very theoretical and philosophical understandings of the mind into everyday language with very clear, instructive practices we all can and must adopt in order to look after and get the best out of our minds. Brilliantly laid out across 10 disctint and yet connected chapters, you learn how to feed your mind (from keeping it healthy to keeping it motivated), how to handle adversity (by handling pressure and understanding your true personality), and of course how we can make the most out of our minds (from making smart decisions to influencing people to thinking creatively). Concise and yet so thorough, each chapter, correction, each page is packed with fascinatingly simple thought-provokers and insights for immediate employment in your life and at work. Andy Gibson really has done all the hard work so that you and I and all businesses out there can really start making the most out of the most precious resource we have on this planet - our minds.
More broadly, the Mind Apples project, followed by this book, are really breaking barriers in bringing to our attention one of the most current and pervasive, and yet alarmingly under-estimated/ overlooked problems in our society today - looking after our mental health. For too long we've haven't just been not looking after it, rather we've been abusing it, something discomfortingly rife in the world of business today. And yet we do this to our own and collective detriment as without our mental health, we really have nothing. But by converting the vast, unknown, chasm that is mental health into simple, practical, even fun ideas (e.g. the 5 a day for your mind), Andy and team are doing some truly remarkable and ground-breaking work to make mental health not only a priority but actually something tangible and within our control again. I've been an enormous fan of Mind Apples since 2013 and i've been super excited to get my hands on all the insights usually privileged to the top names in business thanks to this book (which if you haven't realised - I absolutely love). A Mind for Business was absolutely worth the wait and I cannot recommend it more to anyone. If you let it, it really has the power to change your life, for the very very better.
I've had this book on me for the last month or so and have really enjoyed dipping in and out of it -- which I think is what the author had in mind when writing. Every page has a handy insight to get you thinking... for example I was reading the chapter on 'managing stress' yesterday whilst jammed into a rush hour tube. The book was almost up my nostrils, I could smell my neighbours armpits... there was literally no space to move and after the usual full-on day at work it was all rather stressful.. But, I carried on reading, and to my delight, that chapter calmed me down. It told me to 'draw on my resources', so I took a deep breath (inhaling through my mouth) and had a little chuckle about it.
I've heard Andy Gibson talk a number of times about his work with Mindapples and I am a huge fan of his endeavour. This book is more of that goodness; and a perfect balance between the neuroscience and psychology behind how we think, and the clever tips we need to live/work smarter.
Whilst the title of the book suggests that this is a book for business, I think every individual has something to gain from reading it. The book takes you through all manner of things, from practical steps to improve the management of your mind, ways to identify and play to your own strengths, and how to work more effectively with others.
The use of language, twitter version chapter summaries, and the imaginative and witty illustrations make it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
As the author says “a significant contribution to how our minds feel comes from the things we do - our choices, attitudes and behaviour.” I would recommend this book to anyone as a good start to making the right choices!
What a refreshing read. The book is elegantly written so you find yourself quickly submerged in thoughtful engagement with neuroscience, philosophy and stories of emotional elephants with the ease of engagement as when reading Harry Potter. There are pertinent reminders and reflections on the important ways we can care for our minds that make it seem obvious that we should be changing our behaviours without being didactic or patronising. Since reading, I'm more aware of my actions, thought and mood at work since reading and happier as a result so far!
We talk about a 'work/life balance', but as a practising psychotherapist, one of the biggest challenges with clients working in finance or corporate environments continues to be helping them understand the links between their emotional and professional worlds. Most of us try to separate these two things, but at what cost? There is a danger involved in this separation - as the introduction suggests - in that it can take very little change in either circumstance to shatter the status quo, leading to distress, confusion, and an inability to move forward both within the workplace, and beyond.
In a world that values objective truths and hard evidence, Andy Gibson spends time throughout the book using the findings in modern neuroscience as a springboard to understanding what goes on in the spaces between people during meetings in the boardroom whilst - refreshingly - never claiming to be an expert in neuroscience. Instead, he is highlighting the importance of taking into account what we know about neuroscience so far, and how we might be able to use those findings in a business environment.
A Mind for Business emphasises taking care of our physical bodies as well as our minds, and highlights that these two things are interdependent. Particularly strong are the chapters 'Know Yourself' and 'Work Collaboratively'.
Ultimately, in this beautifully presented, warmly written, and well-researched book, Gibson gently but firmly reminds workers and those who manage them, that only by building better minds will we be able to build better businesses.