- Hardcover: 311 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (8 October 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062114867
- ISBN-13: 978-0062114860
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Daniel Goleman has surpassed himself in the breadth, depth, and readability ofthis fascinating meditation on what is most important for human, organizational, andplanetary flourishing. Focusshows us how to go about paying attention in all the ways that really matter. --Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductionand author of Mindfulness for BeginnersJon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductionand author of Mindfulness for BeginnersJon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based St"
Goleman has provided a highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while. --Financial Times"
Attention is so important that ordinary people take it for granted, while scientists subject it to microanalysis. Steering deftly between these extremes, Dan Goleman synthesizes what is known and what we need to know. --Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognitionand Education at the Harvard Graduate School of EducationHoward Garnder, John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Educati"
With compelling insights, wide-ranging examples, and cutting-edge science, Daniel Goleman makes the convincing case that the ability to focus is a key to excellence, in both our personal and professional lives-and also explains how to boost that focus. --Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of "The Happiness Project""
Daniel Goleman has written the perfect prescription for today s deficit of attention in business and life....Highly recommended! --Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of "Peak" and "Emotional Equations""
I ve been studying attention for more than a decade, but I learned something new on every page of Focus. It is a powerful guide for taking control of our attention and will lead you to nothing less than taking control of your life. --Tony Schwartz, author of "The Power of Full Engagement" and CEO of The Energy Project"
"Daniel Goleman has written the perfect prescription for today's deficit of attention in business and life....Highly recommended!"--Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Peak and Emotional Equations
"I've been studying attention for more than a decade, but I learned something new on every page of Focus. It is a powerful guide for taking control of our attention and will lead you to nothing less than taking control of your life."--Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement and CEO of The Energy Project
"With compelling insights, wide-ranging examples, and cutting-edge science, Daniel Goleman makes the convincing case that the ability to focus is a key to excellence, in both our personal and professional lives-and also explains how to boost that focus."--Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project
From the Back Cover
The author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence returns with a groundbreaking look at today's scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.
For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long-overdue discussion of this little-noticed and underrated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive in, a complex world.
Goleman analyzes attention research as a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. A well-lived life demands that we be nimble at each. Goleman shows why high-performers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls smart practice—such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery from setbacks, continued attention to the learning curve, and positive emotions and connections—that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence. Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers. Ultimately, Focus calls upon readers not only to pay attention to what matters most to them personally, but also to turn their attention to the pressing problems of the wider world, to the powerless and the poor, and to the future, not just to the seductively simple demands of the here and now.
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One aspect of modern journalism is the shameful plagiarism, the habit of taking a well-known idea / pre-existing knowledge, and dressing it up in some new soundbites, to make it read like some great new discovery or revealation, and then taking credit for it (or giving credit for the knowledge to the person who simply created the new sound-bite). Mr. Goleman is a prime example of this kind of shallow writing. Almost everything in this book has been known for decades and some concepts, like meditation (which is re-named 'mindfulness' or 'mindful awareness' here). Not once does Mr. Goleman credit the original source of this knowledge which is the science of yoga and has been known in India for thousands of years. An average cultured Indian knows more about mind-control, focus and meditation than all Mr. Goleman's so-called experts - it is part of their upbringing. Mr. Goleman shamelessly plagiarizes this knowledge without attribution and ruins it in his version. He does the same with all the other 'knowledge' he appropriates from original research done in the past few decades - reduces it to shallow soundbites without crediting the original source.
I would give this book a 1-star rating, but there might be some readers who may not be aware of some of the hodge-podge of ideas here and they may get some benefit, so I give this 2 stars.
In summary, a big let-down. Not worth buying.