October 8, 2013
News & Opinion: Join KnowledgeBOX and get FOCUS!
Though it matters enormously for how we navigate life, attention in all its varieties represents a little-noticed and underrated mental asset. My goal here is to spotlight this elusive and under-appreciated mental faculty in the mind's operations and its role in living a fulfilling life.The good news is that we can work to improve our focus. "Attention works much like a muscle--use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows." Here's the challenge: our attention is at risk more now than ever before. Goleman first explains how focus helps us learn, then what happens when we interrupt our reading, listening, or tasking by checking our email or our phones. Essentially, we learn better when we are uninterrupted: not a surprise, but the reasons are pretty fascinating. Goleman gives anyone reading the book a number of ways to better understand and improve how we use our attention, Focus is a leadership book, which sets it apart from a number of other books on focus that have come out in the past year. He concentrates the majority of the book on why and how leaders must excel at three areas of focus: "For one, there's self-awareness, which fosters self-management. Then there's empathy, the basis for skill in relationship." But beyond ourselves and other people, "outer focus lets us navigate in the larger world" and "grasp the workings of an organization, an economy, or the global processes that support life on this planet." Goleman's message is not to put down your iPhone, but to realize that when you pick it up, you disturb a rather delicate process of learning and performing. The more you practice focus, the greater your ability to use it on demand in any of the three areas. *** Get a SIGNED copy of Daniel Goleman's FOCUS, as well as an ADVANCED copy of Ben Horowitz's The Hard Thing About Hard Things, in this month's KnowledgeBOX shipment!
About Sally Haldorson
Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.