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The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles (plus the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself. HBR's 10 The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles (plus the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to: Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life Tap into your deepest values Solicit candid feedback Replenish physical and mental energy Balance work, home, community, and self Spread positive energy throughout your organization Rebound from tough times Decrease distractibility and frenzy Delegate and develop employees' initiative This collection of best-selling articles includes: bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen, "Managing Oneself," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" "How Resilience Works," "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time," "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform," "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life," "Reclaim Your Job," "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership," "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror," and "Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance."


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The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles (plus the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself. HBR's 10 The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles (plus the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to: Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life Tap into your deepest values Solicit candid feedback Replenish physical and mental energy Balance work, home, community, and self Spread positive energy throughout your organization Rebound from tough times Decrease distractibility and frenzy Delegate and develop employees' initiative This collection of best-selling articles includes: bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen, "Managing Oneself," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" "How Resilience Works," "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time," "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform," "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life," "Reclaim Your Job," "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership," "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror," and "Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance."

30 review for HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter House

    A lot of the essays in this book might be ones that any regular reader of HBR might have read before such as, "How Will You Measure Your Life?" or "Managing Oneself" but I would encourage anyone to read this book. There's a lot of tips and tricks that even if one has read an essay before, might have gone missed or might need to be picked up again. While it may seem that this book is something that seems to be directed at executives, this is a book that should be read by high school students, col A lot of the essays in this book might be ones that any regular reader of HBR might have read before such as, "How Will You Measure Your Life?" or "Managing Oneself" but I would encourage anyone to read this book. There's a lot of tips and tricks that even if one has read an essay before, might have gone missed or might need to be picked up again. While it may seem that this book is something that seems to be directed at executives, this is a book that should be read by high school students, college students, junior staff, and senior staff. In fact, it probably should be re-read at regular intervals because so much of the book is focused on developing the habits of success and not indulging in small, seemingly innocuous choices that ultimately undermine what we would like out of life. 5 stars. If you haven't read it, do so. If you haven't read it recently, I highly recommend a re-read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    remi d

    Pick what works best for you. Some stories will resonate more with you than others. In my case, 2 out of 10 did.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    The article about monkeys and delegation is worth the price alone....loved it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Atul Maheshwari

    "The need for managing one's self is creating a revolution in human affairs." Peter Drucker (1999) This collection of articles by HBR is excellent! The article authors leave lasting impressions upon the reader in terms of ways to self-manage. It is so appropriate that the first chapter On Managing Yourself is written by Peter Drucker and the focus is on knowing yourself. "One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all." You need to understand your strength "The need for managing one's self is creating a revolution in human affairs." Peter Drucker (1999) This collection of articles by HBR is excellent! The article authors leave lasting impressions upon the reader in terms of ways to self-manage. It is so appropriate that the first chapter On Managing Yourself is written by Peter Drucker and the focus is on knowing yourself. "One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all." You need to understand your strengths - what you are good at - and focus your efforts on improving your strengths. "Do not try to change yourself - you are unlikely to succeed. But work to improve the way you perform. And try not to take on work you cannot perform or will only perform poorly." The book contains ten chapters - a collection of articles written by world renown thought leaders - on what it takes to effectively manage yourself. Each chapter covers a different lesson or concept. In each chapter there is a summary of the concept, called "Idea in Brief" and a short summary of how to implement the idea, called "Idea in Practice." Both summaries are very helpful as refresher but should not be used in lieu of reading the entire chapter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Said AlMaskery

    A critical book for self realization and improvement. It captures the fruit of proper academic research on self management.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dragoljub Ignjatović

    I found some articles extremely valuable, others less so. Definitely a useful read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roger Royse

    Some good tips, but mostly theories, presumptions and platitudes from a group of contributors who have never had to meet a payroll.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zainab Al-Sammak

    If you read a lot of self development books, you do not need to read this one. It serves as a good reminder, but no huge benefit out of it. Maybe, I was having high expectations since its from HBR.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Conch

    Wish to read Peter Drucker brings me to this book. It is collection of articles published in HBR. Few best articles are: 1. Managing Oneself - To manage oneself is need to know types of one's self such as what is one's strength, giving importance on the strength and increasing it day by day, to know whether one is reader or listener and loner or team worker and decision maker or adviser etc. 2. Management time: who is got the monkey? - Here monkey means responsibility. Often subordinates or collea Wish to read Peter Drucker brings me to this book. It is collection of articles published in HBR. Few best articles are: 1. Managing Oneself - To manage oneself is need to know types of one's self such as what is one's strength, giving importance on the strength and increasing it day by day, to know whether one is reader or listener and loner or team worker and decision maker or adviser etc. 2. Management time: who is got the monkey? - Here monkey means responsibility. Often subordinates or colleagues pass their monkey on their boss or manager, which in turn free themselves of duty, but bogs down the boss or manager. Hence, productivity goes down. 3. Why smart people under-perform? - Due to recent information explosion, people are suffering from attention deficit trait (ADT) and suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD). The article describes symptoms and mitigating measures, by organizing oneself, to control ADT. The world of business management is vast and there are plethora of good books. For a quick read, this book can be considered as good option.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lee G

    A lot of really good stuff in here but some that has more to do with managing others than managing yourself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Esteves de Andrade

    I just invested in myself with the HBR’S 10 Must Reads Collection by Harvard Business Review Press. This series is really good because each book has 10 of the best articles published by Harvard University on each topic. I think it is a must read for any ambitious manager, new or experienced leader. It is easy to read, each book has approximately 300 pages. Each chapter is an article from great authors such as Peter F. Drucker, Theodore Levitt, Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton and others. One of I just invested in myself with the HBR’S 10 Must Reads Collection by Harvard Business Review Press. This series is really good because each book has 10 of the best articles published by Harvard University on each topic. I think it is a must read for any ambitious manager, new or experienced leader. It is easy to read, each book has approximately 300 pages. Each chapter is an article from great authors such as Peter F. Drucker, Theodore Levitt, Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton and others. One of the things that I liked on these books is that each chapter has a box called Idea in Brief, which gives you an idea of the basic concept of the chapter and most of them has very interesting case studies as well. I highly recommend you to get this collection because will inspire you with ideas and knowledge that will accelerate both your own growth and company. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment. The titles include: Leadership, Managing Yourself, The Essentials, Change Management,Managing People and Strategy. One of my favorite articles were: What Makes an Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Leadership) Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton (HBR’S 10 Must Reads The Essentials) Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker (HBR’S 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself) The Real Reason People won’t Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Change Management ) What Great Managers Do by Marcus Buckingham (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Managing People) The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution by Gary L. Neilson, Karla L. Martin, and Elisabeth Powers (HBR’S 10 Must Reads On Strategy) “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes “ Peter F. Drucker “The ability to change constantly and effectively is made by high-level continuity.” Michael E. Porter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sid

    This is a set of essays curated by HBR to give insights on being a good manager, being a positive influence on others, overcoming obstacles and living a balanced life. My favorite essay was on How Resilience Works. This 3 step process includes, facing down reality, finding meaning and continually improvising. Another fascinating essay was titled Moments of Greatness. We all have faced challenges either personal or professional, at one point in our life. It's important to remember how we overcame This is a set of essays curated by HBR to give insights on being a good manager, being a positive influence on others, overcoming obstacles and living a balanced life. My favorite essay was on How Resilience Works. This 3 step process includes, facing down reality, finding meaning and continually improvising. Another fascinating essay was titled Moments of Greatness. We all have faced challenges either personal or professional, at one point in our life. It's important to remember how we overcame it, for this will give us the confidence needed in the future. Whether your in a management role or not, this book is a great guide on navigating/overcoming challenges.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Usman

    Gives great insight and perspective on how to be efficient, productive and live a fulfilling life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matias Myllyrinne

    A lot of truth and insight. Interesting and quick way to read ten views on the subject. Yet feels like in 2018, many of the “insights” are common practice in the games industry, at least in Finland.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alikhan Oitan

    Has a lit of insights worth reading if you are manager or business owner. However as a student I could spend my time for books that better suit my needs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Lately I have really struggled through fiction, so I thought it might be time to pick up a business book on a whim, like “hey, nothing can be as bad as the fiction I’ve been reading lately, let’s buy some total crap business book! “. So imagine my surprise when I’m about halfway through the book and I read the article on “Managing your Energy”, when my perspective on my entire life and my relationship with “work” completely changed. I have never had such a shocking personal revelation from any a Lately I have really struggled through fiction, so I thought it might be time to pick up a business book on a whim, like “hey, nothing can be as bad as the fiction I’ve been reading lately, let’s buy some total crap business book! “. So imagine my surprise when I’m about halfway through the book and I read the article on “Managing your Energy”, when my perspective on my entire life and my relationship with “work” completely changed. I have never had such a shocking personal revelation from any article or book or movie. I read the article three times, journaled about it, thought about it for days, and then literally wrote myself a set of rules (guidelines, really) on what my life would now look like. And I embraced it immediately and with profound results. I bought a few copies of the book and distributed to friends/colleagues. So. That was interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tess Huelskamp

    Quick collection of essays detailing ways to improve your professional and personal lives. "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" is well worth reading for the insight there alone. After being challenged in "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life", I'm going to implement a small life experiment. There were a few other essays in this book that are strong (but not as revelatory as the other two). I'd recommend this to anyone looking to improve their work/personal life. Solid all around

  18. 4 out of 5

    Reezali Raharjaya

    People say you can only choose one realm of your several realms in life, choosing your work or your social life. That's wrong based on this book. Completed with how to, makes this book as the right choice. Looking forward to grabbing other HBR's 10 Must Reads series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alina Dandara

    Loved it as much or even more as I’ve enjoyed this edition. All the information is pilled up in useful and relatable/applicable schemes for upgrading our work efficiency and company contribution.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Another good series of articles and essays on management, leadership, specifically about Managing Yourself, your time, your resources, and your life in and out of work. Two articles: "How Resilience Works" and "Primal Leadership" were in the HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence which I had just read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sun

    Very disappointed by this book. I thought it would be a collection of complex ideas and new solutions, but it is only a handful of dated articles, only a couple of which gave me any novel insight. The introduction "How Will You Measure Your Life" is the best chapter and deserves a star to itself. "Managing Oneself" is a classic article with the humorous idea of managers getting stuck with problem "monkeys" and offers some practical examples of how to empower the managed to solve their own proble Very disappointed by this book. I thought it would be a collection of complex ideas and new solutions, but it is only a handful of dated articles, only a couple of which gave me any novel insight. The introduction "How Will You Measure Your Life" is the best chapter and deserves a star to itself. "Managing Oneself" is a classic article with the humorous idea of managers getting stuck with problem "monkeys" and offers some practical examples of how to empower the managed to solve their own problems instead of doing it for them. Sadly the follow-up by of "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey" points at the subordinates as the monkeys and makes their problems seem unimportant. The topic of resilience is important but "How Resilience Works", instead of providing strategies for building resilience undermines itself by likening resilience to some sort of magic. "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time" is a great concept and neatly represented in the title and in depth. I particularly liked the ideas of changing perspective to see situations with a "reverse lens" (how might the other person see this?), "long lens" (what will I think about this in 6 months, a year etc?), and "wide lens" (regardless of the outcome, how can I grow and learn from this?) I didn't learn anything from the other articles

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alok

    All the articles in the book are by the management gurus with in-depth insight into all aspects of personality be it professional, personal, psychological, mental and all the other facets of human behaviour which makes a person interact externally with all other entity or with self to evaluate and understand oneself. The articles encompasses all the elements of a individual and what needs to be done to change in the positive direction. All the articles have a common thread of: 1) Donot stop learn All the articles in the book are by the management gurus with in-depth insight into all aspects of personality be it professional, personal, psychological, mental and all the other facets of human behaviour which makes a person interact externally with all other entity or with self to evaluate and understand oneself. The articles encompasses all the elements of a individual and what needs to be done to change in the positive direction. All the articles have a common thread of: 1) Donot stop learning and discovering self irrespective of age. Individual does not have any expiry date for learnings. 2) One of the difficult aspect of learning is there are few or more knowledge which 'We donot know what we donot know'. This is the blind spot in each of us which if overcome can enlighten us towards the path of enhanced skills. This can be achieved by feedbacks, open mind, self evaluation, coaching and many other tools. 3) Practice and preach emotional intelligence which is much more important than IQ. Standalone genius hardly impact the society unless they collaborate with teams. This is one of these books that demand multiple readings and practices and calibrating self. It should be read with patience and debated within a group to have a lasting impact.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Reading HBR is much like talking to your Mother - the pithy wisdom you've heard many times before, but somehow seem to often catch yourself not doing. This set is starting to get dated with several of the articles showing their age. "Always use a PDA to write down everything..." for example, which can throw one off a bit. For the audiobook version the starting summery, then the stories then another closing summery can make the book very repetitive in a way the written format wouldn't be as you wo Reading HBR is much like talking to your Mother - the pithy wisdom you've heard many times before, but somehow seem to often catch yourself not doing. This set is starting to get dated with several of the articles showing their age. "Always use a PDA to write down everything..." for example, which can throw one off a bit. For the audiobook version the starting summery, then the stories then another closing summery can make the book very repetitive in a way the written format wouldn't be as you would quickly skim the two summery sections. Of most value to me were the look at ADD as a learned habit stemming from how the external environment has evolved, and how to take coping strategies of 1) ignoring & turning our these constant notifications 2) not starting with email as it is usually "other people's priorities" and 3) constantly keeping your priorities at the forefront and not adopting other people's monkeys as your own (this one particularly resonated.) As has been the focus of other books I've recently read - focusing on the habits and rituals is the best process for keeping yourself on an auto-pilot who stays on the track.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anshul Thakur

    They are definitely a good read if you are looking for guidance. While some articles (mainly collaborations or case studies of how the programs devised by the authors worked wonders) did beat around the bush, it is the veterans like Christensen Clayton, Kaplan and Norton, Kotter, Peter Drucker and many others who moved my heart through beautiful prose in argument. A real story is often more influential than those with ‘A construction company in America’ type of themes and yet some researchers ha They are definitely a good read if you are looking for guidance. While some articles (mainly collaborations or case studies of how the programs devised by the authors worked wonders) did beat around the bush, it is the veterans like Christensen Clayton, Kaplan and Norton, Kotter, Peter Drucker and many others who moved my heart through beautiful prose in argument. A real story is often more influential than those with ‘A construction company in America’ type of themes and yet some researchers have used the latter. To me, this reduced the credibility, though I understand that the research might be under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. If we analyze closely, many of the features have just been given different names, sold under different change management initiatives by different people, but actually, they are the same, revolving around the top 4 points (and Emotional Intelligence). Read complete review at Aesthetic Blasphemy And do tell me what you think :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Makrygiannis

    Well, all the subjects are relevant. All articles are situations that one could face in a corporate environment. One was the best of all, the energy crisis, with a brilliant chart and survey to figure out if you have an energy crisis or not. What I dislike in books like this, is the extensive survey/charts/tables that you need to answer in order to find the answers. This format is so overused that is boring, innovation in writing management books is needed. So out of 10 articles, only 1 had huge Well, all the subjects are relevant. All articles are situations that one could face in a corporate environment. One was the best of all, the energy crisis, with a brilliant chart and survey to figure out if you have an energy crisis or not. What I dislike in books like this, is the extensive survey/charts/tables that you need to answer in order to find the answers. This format is so overused that is boring, innovation in writing management books is needed. So out of 10 articles, only 1 had huge impact on me, the rest was ok with my morning coffee but would have been better as life stories and examples rather a pseudo-scientific approach. And when I say life stories, please dont use animals metaphors, I had enough of those too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    I read this for the first time in my last year of college. The articles were not too long, not too short, and to the point. Instead of preaching career success it focused on how to maintain your well-being. Without a solid internal value system and viable tools to manage negative energy, even successful careers are meaningless. I bought the audiobook and listen to it everyday on my commute. It's a great way to start the day. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Campbell

    Just finished one essay. Evidently I'm on the verge of an energy crisis. Good so far --

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alvin

    Ideal for personal development. I like the chapter on energy management.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wade Anderson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm a fan of HBR so it would be hard for me not to like a collection of the best HBR articles. Insightful and practical (not always but often), Managing Yourself is a fantastic take on self-help. Here are my key takeaways from each article. How will you measure your life? - **Models** - create the mental model (theory) and run your situation through it - How can I be happy in my career? Recognize that money is not the principle motivator (rather it is a sanitization factor); the true motivators ar I'm a fan of HBR so it would be hard for me not to like a collection of the best HBR articles. Insightful and practical (not always but often), Managing Yourself is a fantastic take on self-help. Here are my key takeaways from each article. How will you measure your life? - **Models** - create the mental model (theory) and run your situation through it - How can I be happy in my career? Recognize that money is not the principle motivator (rather it is a sanitization factor); the true motivators are opportunity for growth, learning, contribution and recognition. - How to ensure your relationships with family will be an enduring source of happiness? Deliberate resource allocation with a long term focus. - How to stay out of jail? Avoid marginal thinking. Draw a line in the sand and never cross it. Managing Yourself - Know your strengths and your weaknesses. This will guide my development and career changes. - Discover your strengths through feedback analysis. When you make a key decision or perform a key action write down what you expect will happen 6-12 months from now. In 6-12 months look at the results. - Lack of manners (please, thank you, remembering names) often frustrate young employees - Find the areas where you have low competence and steer clear of jobs, assignments, work in those areas. - Don't waste time trying to improve areas of low competence. It takes far too much effort and isn't worth it compared to improving from what you are good at to being excellent. - Am I a reader or a listener? - How do I learn? - Do I work well with people or am I a loner? In what type of relationships (subordinate, manager, etc.) - Am I a decision maker or an advisor? - Do I perform well under stress or do a I need a highly predictive environment to succeed? - What kind of person do I want to see in the morning? - Manage my relationships. What are the strengths, performance modes, and values of my coworkers? - Everyone works differently. Understanding how to work effectively requires me to understand the performance mode (are they a reader or a listener) - Take ownership for communicating effectively. Take ownership for telling my boss what I am good at and where I am planning on contributing. Ask teammates about their strengths, values and performance modes. Management Time: Who's got the monkey? - Empowerment model - tell them how to do it, show them how to do it, do it together, coach them in doing it, let them do it and have them return and report - Empowerment mode 2 - do it together, start it with them and check in regularly, start and end together, start or end only - Imposed time - boss imposed, system (peer) imposed, subordinate imposed (need to limit), discretionary time - Monkey on the back analogy - a monkey is an initiative, monkeys should be either shot or fed never starved, monkeys should have a clear feeder and should not be fed by mail (only by face to face or telephone), keep the monkey on the proper person's back How Resilience Works - Resilience - what makes people come back from something tough? -> sense of humor, face down in reality (have proper expectations), search for meaning (what will I teach a class about my experience in the future), improvise and invent ways to keep going, - Resiliency - the skill set capacity to be robust under severe emotional distress. - To improvise have a set of routines for everything else. The improvisation comes from the areas in life that aren't routinized. Manage your Energy, Not your Time - Energy is a renewable resource. - We get energy from four main areas - body, emotions, mind, and spirit. - Energy can be systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing habits in each area - authors call the habits rituals. - Habits / rituals to reenergize: go to bed early, wake up early, go for a morning or afternoon walk, exercise, eat breakfast with family, taking breaks at scheduled times, expressing appreciation to others - Recognize the cost of energy depleting activities - Physical replenishment: early to bed, exercise, small meals every three hours (pack three meals), recognize cues for energy replenishment needs (yawning, hunger, difficulty concentrating), take brief but regular breaks from your desk every 90-120 minutes. - Emotional replenishment: diffuse negative emotions (impatience, irritability) with deep breathing, fuel positive emotions by expressing detailed appreciation in notes, emails, and in conversations. - Use different lenses: wide - what can I learn from the opportunity? Long term - what will I think of this situation in six months from now? Reverse - what is the other side's point of view? - Mental energy replenishment: perform high concentration tasks without interruption, respond to emails in batch style (*for me 10a and 3p*), do the first priority in the morning. - Spiritual energy replenishment: get to things a few minutes early, find the tasks you enjoy doing and do them, for tasks you don't enjoy doing don't do them, allocate time and energy to the things that matter most to you (unwind and relax the last 20 minutes of your commute so you can be energized) - Don't check emails during meetings. Be 100% present. - Midday workouts. - Nutrition to stabilize glucose levels throughout the day. - Our bodies go through regular rhythms of 90 - 120 minutes. At the end of each cycle we need a short break. - Email free times - necessary for refreshing. - *so important to write notes and express appreciation, sincere compliments to others. Do it for me. "The more detailed and specific the higher the impact." - *schedule breakfast, lunch, and dinners with others. Talk to them about their life, hopes and dreams. Express appreciation. Overloaded Circuits - Because of large workloads and excessive interruptions, the modern worker frequently develops a condition called ADT - attention deficits trait. Closely related to ADD, ADT is caused by the modern work environment and is a plague of poor productive. - ADT is a neurological disorder. Our brain is trying to handle an overload of inputs and responds fanatically. ADT leads to lower productive and creativity and increases the number of mistakes. - Our brain is separated into two regions, the upper and the lower. The lower brain is responsible for our most primal desires and actions - hunger, sexual, fear, excitement, etc. the upper brain is the executive function region. This is where we can think clearly, prioritize and be creative. When too many tasks, decisions, difficulties come into your brain at once, the lower region sends a distress call (effectively what our ancestors had happen when a large tiger was chasing them) and overrides the functions of the upper brain. This shift is great to survive in the wild, but extremely counterproductive in the modern workplace. - To combat ADT, set aside times for deep focus when interruptions cannot get to you. Do things to keep your brain healthy - good sleep, eating, and exercise. And associate with people you like every 4-6 hours. - Control ADT by creatively controlling your environment and emotional and physical health. - Face to face interactions are extremely important for brain health. Every 4-6 hours connect with someone you like. Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life - You can achieve a 4-way win in your community, work, home and self. Make small, iterative changes that benefit each area at once. - Life is not a zero sum game. You don't need to make trade offs between your work and family life. Don't think about making trade offs (they will exhaust you). Do small things hat positively affect multiple domains (for example, exercising three times / week will improve your satisfaction in all areas). - To improve Total Leadership. Reflect on each domain, brainstorm experiments, measure progress. - Identify the key stakeholders in each domain and talk to them about your key performance indicators. - Main themes for leadership experiments: taking advantage of new opportunities for increased productivity, reducing hidden costs, improving the work environment, improving relationships, contributing to society, improving health and finding greater meaning in life, changing environments, segmenting or combining different roles, Reclaim Your Job - Transform from a busy manager to an effective manager. - Effective managers proactively control the expectations of their stakeholders. - Typical managers "can't do" all they need to do because of resource constraints. Effective managers are inventive in finding more resources. - Most managers are not pro active with their career and what they want to accomplish. They spend most of their time accomplishing the tasks of others. - Setting priorities and then sticking to them is a key. - Managers who beat the "busy trap" overcome the psychological fallacy of being indispensable and avoid the trap of thinking that good bosses are always available. Novice managers feel the busier they are the more valuable they are. What happens though is in trying to please everyone, managers who are not disciplined, please no one. - Not knowing how to say no is a symptom of low self esteem. You say yes to everything because you are trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations. Moments of Greatness - four questions to ask yourself to bring you to your best - Work will stagnant if you are controlled 100% by the day to day and don't ever step back to evaluate how you are doing. - All work will stagnant and suffer if you don't get feedback. Feedback is harder to get when you move higher up the ladder. - The style and processes of your day to day job may go out of date if you aren't regularly stepping back. - Manage your time more effectively by tracking your time hour by hour. You'll be surprised what you find. - Solicit feedback regularly from your peers and subordinates. - A business career is a marathon and not a sprint and if you're not true to yourself you will eventually breakdown. Primal Leadership - emotional intelligence and leadership is the premier responsibility of a leader. - Emotions are contagious and will spread through the organization. - Be genuine in your mood with a healthy dose of optimism. - Visualization is a powerful technique to re-wire your brain to approach situations and habits the way you really want.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Chow

    I first want to give thanks to my sister for suggesting this book to me. "If we expect a different outcome by repeating the same action over and over again, that is called insanity." This book really hits the spot with me with this sentence. I remember when I worked in industry, often times people asked the same question over and over again. I often joked and said: "as if my answer would change the millionth time." However, when I read this sentence in the book, it dawned to me that I have been do I first want to give thanks to my sister for suggesting this book to me. "If we expect a different outcome by repeating the same action over and over again, that is called insanity." This book really hits the spot with me with this sentence. I remember when I worked in industry, often times people asked the same question over and over again. I often joked and said: "as if my answer would change the millionth time." However, when I read this sentence in the book, it dawned to me that I have been doing the same thing over and over again in various aspects of my life but expecting a different outcome. This book is especially amazing because it provides huge insight for me when it comes to changing my own behavior and providing metrics to track my progress. Never had I thought to apply my professional experience in my personal life spectrum. This book gathered 10 great articles, each with different author and different angles on how to manage ourselves. As a reader you really get to pick out the ones that applies to yourself the best. Recently, I have been struggling in asking myself why I am not being the teacher that I want to be, instead more often than not I am the type of teacher that I hated when I was a kid. This book shed light on the fact that I have strong sense of deficiency and is constantly seeking proofs of my own personal gain. The book pointed me the right path of understanding our impact as the collective value of lives that we touch instead of viewing our own achievement as an isolated paramount. It is not an easy change and I still struggle everyday, but struggling blindly and struggling to move to one clear direction are two completely different scenarios. I sincerely hope you will find this book as insightful as it has been to me. If you are cruising in life and wondering why things are not turning out the way they are, then hopefully this book will help to be a good rear mirror for you to look around!

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