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The Hidden Driver of Excellence
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In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today's scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental "prosthetics" that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.

In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today's scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental "prosthetics" that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.

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  • Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of thirteen books and lectures frequently to professional groups and business audiences and on college campuses. He cofounded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago). He lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2013

    Psychologist and journalist Goleman, most acclaimed for his book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, offers here previously explored psychological findings filtered through a new lens. He highlights the need for focus in our modern, hectic, distracted world as a means toward a better society. Although he quotes no empirical evidence, much of his argument for this reviewer recalls research on the effects of middle age and psychologist Erik Erikson's notion of generativity. (Perhaps Mr. Goleman is middle-aged?) Instead of concentrating on developing and cultivating more relationships, the book emphasizes deepening current ones. Instead of letting ourselves become overwhelmed by possessions and mental clutter, it is suggested that we lighten our load and choose what's important. Instead of working mindlessly, we need to be mindful of our contribution to the world, providing for both our children and others. And in order to do all that and do it well, the author suggests one needs to focus! VERDICT Self-awareness, empathy, and ability to see the bigger picture are all themes investigated by Goleman; this work is recommended for those interested in being a better person and for libraries offering books on psychology and self-help.--Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • 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

    "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."

  • Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement and CEO of The Energy Project

    "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."

  • Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness 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."

  • 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

    "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."

  • Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Peak and Emotional Equations

    "Daniel Goleman has written the perfect prescription for today's deficit of attention in business and life....Highly recommended!"

  • Financial Times

    "Goleman has provided a highly readable manifesto for turning our smartphones off once in a while."

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