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The importance of achieving focus goes well beyond your own productivity. Deep focus allows you to lead others successfully, find clarity amid uncertainty, and heighten your sense of professional fulfillment.Yet the forces that challenge sustained focus range from dinging phones to office politics to life's everyday worries. This book explains how to strengthen your abilit The importance of achieving focus goes well beyond your own productivity. Deep focus allows you to lead others successfully, find clarity amid uncertainty, and heighten your sense of professional fulfillment.Yet the forces that challenge sustained focus range from dinging phones to office politics to life's everyday worries. This book explains how to strengthen your ability to focus, manage your team's attention, and break the cycle of distraction.This volume includes the work of: Daniel Goleman Heidi Grant Amy Jen Su Rasmus Hougaard HOW TO BE HUMAN AT WORK. The HBR Emotional Intelligence Series features smart, essential reading on the human side of professional life from the pages of Harvard Business Review. Each book in the series offers proven research showing how our emotions impact our work lives, practical advice for managing difficult people and situations, and inspiring essays on what it means to tend to our emotional well-being at work. Uplifting and practical, these books describe the social skills that are critical for ambitious professionals to master.


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The importance of achieving focus goes well beyond your own productivity. Deep focus allows you to lead others successfully, find clarity amid uncertainty, and heighten your sense of professional fulfillment.Yet the forces that challenge sustained focus range from dinging phones to office politics to life's everyday worries. This book explains how to strengthen your abilit The importance of achieving focus goes well beyond your own productivity. Deep focus allows you to lead others successfully, find clarity amid uncertainty, and heighten your sense of professional fulfillment.Yet the forces that challenge sustained focus range from dinging phones to office politics to life's everyday worries. This book explains how to strengthen your ability to focus, manage your team's attention, and break the cycle of distraction.This volume includes the work of: Daniel Goleman Heidi Grant Amy Jen Su Rasmus Hougaard HOW TO BE HUMAN AT WORK. The HBR Emotional Intelligence Series features smart, essential reading on the human side of professional life from the pages of Harvard Business Review. Each book in the series offers proven research showing how our emotions impact our work lives, practical advice for managing difficult people and situations, and inspiring essays on what it means to tend to our emotional well-being at work. Uplifting and practical, these books describe the social skills that are critical for ambitious professionals to master.

30 review for Focus (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria Lasprilla

    A short but very useful collection of articles on focus, looking at it from specific technique to develop it, manage it or rest from it, as we as wider observations as to why it is valuable to ourselves as individuals and as leaders or workers. Nice and simple to read before going to bed, and practical to wake up the following morning thinking "I could try this piece I learned last night today". A short but very useful collection of articles on focus, looking at it from specific technique to develop it, manage it or rest from it, as we as wider observations as to why it is valuable to ourselves as individuals and as leaders or workers. Nice and simple to read before going to bed, and practical to wake up the following morning thinking "I could try this piece I learned last night today".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bruno Fernandes

    A "to the point" book. I see it as a good introduction to the topic, with enough tips and best practices to keep it in your working place (like a pocket guide). The chapters are short and concise, so it's a great companion to have while taking than 10min break at work. However they are very similar in terms of ideas/concepts and the way the authors express them (even tough each chapter as its own author), so reading this book in one go is not the right approach as you will get the feeling that t A "to the point" book. I see it as a good introduction to the topic, with enough tips and best practices to keep it in your working place (like a pocket guide). The chapters are short and concise, so it's a great companion to have while taking than 10min break at work. However they are very similar in terms of ideas/concepts and the way the authors express them (even tough each chapter as its own author), so reading this book in one go is not the right approach as you will get the feeling that the book is just recycling it self every 10/15 pages. If you like this book, I would highly recommend a personal favorite of mine: "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Puig

    This book is part of the emotional intelligence series that HBR have released, involving the perspectives of different authors, most of them coaches, writers, speakers and consultants. Clear insights (or maybe, understandings) derived from the reading: Action is sometimes an addiction; focus needs unfocus to flourish; compassion, awareness and acceptance are key to get focused; focus is a matter of freedom; attention management is more effective that time management; attention could be an antido This book is part of the emotional intelligence series that HBR have released, involving the perspectives of different authors, most of them coaches, writers, speakers and consultants. Clear insights (or maybe, understandings) derived from the reading: Action is sometimes an addiction; focus needs unfocus to flourish; compassion, awareness and acceptance are key to get focused; focus is a matter of freedom; attention management is more effective that time management; attention could be an antidote against alienation; it takes 10-18 minutes to get the same level of attention back once you have lost it; mindfulness is about to stay alert and how to realize regarding our internal signals; our minds need distraction to link past, future and desires, to unleash creativity. To tell our own story requires balance, manage warning and, at the same time, down the guard. This is the magic of complexity, living every moment with doses level of plenitude and unconsciousness.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    This is a very interesting take on focus. Essentially claiming that time management may not be the issue, but rather, the attention span of your teams and yourself. I loved the chapters “how to make yourself work when you just don’t want to” and “productivity tips for people who hate productivity tips”. Who else has tried reading an article or a book, or listening to a podcast on how to be more effective or productive- yet found the advice or tips superficial to your own style? If that’s you, the This is a very interesting take on focus. Essentially claiming that time management may not be the issue, but rather, the attention span of your teams and yourself. I loved the chapters “how to make yourself work when you just don’t want to” and “productivity tips for people who hate productivity tips”. Who else has tried reading an article or a book, or listening to a podcast on how to be more effective or productive- yet found the advice or tips superficial to your own style? If that’s you, then this little bite sized book on focus will give you some really good food for thought. As the renowned artist Chuck Close has observed “inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work” [page 90]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amin

    Very quick read finished within 3 days, roughly 150 pages. But don't undermine its importance yet, this little book is packed with different ideas, tips, strategies and wisdom revolving around the main theme "Focus". It is tackled from a company leader or a manager stand point (of course it's an HBR series), though I find the tips and ideas clearly and brilliantly explained by each of the 11 co-authors to be quite applicable in daily life work or by students who struggle to focus during exam per Very quick read finished within 3 days, roughly 150 pages. But don't undermine its importance yet, this little book is packed with different ideas, tips, strategies and wisdom revolving around the main theme "Focus". It is tackled from a company leader or a manager stand point (of course it's an HBR series), though I find the tips and ideas clearly and brilliantly explained by each of the 11 co-authors to be quite applicable in daily life work or by students who struggle to focus during exam periods for example. It's a very interesting read for anyone who wants a different take-on the "lack of focus" issue, a take that considers both our human feelings and the fragility of our modern attention span under the onslaught of nowadays multitude sources of distractions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Junaid Ashraf

    Short book with frank and positive advice about work productivity, our attention spans and discussion on focus. It’s not a book I would recommend to someone looking to make organisational changes to their life, however the essence of the book is comforting if you are struggling to stay efficient during your working day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I found the start of this book uninteresting, but after checking the reviews I decided to stick it out. I’m very glad I did. My mantra over the last month has become “focus”. A calming, redirecting thought that has given my excellent mental clarity. Well worth a read to pick up some key habits.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Richards

    An incredible book of HBR's top 10 articles about Focus: avoiding distraction, practicing mindfulness throughout the day, basic productivity tips, and avoiding the huge distraction problems of the modern office culture. An incredible book of HBR's top 10 articles about Focus: avoiding distraction, practicing mindfulness throughout the day, basic productivity tips, and avoiding the huge distraction problems of the modern office culture.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    An easy morning&lunch time read. Surprised how much such a business-y book focused on emotions, meditation and awareness. Nothing too spectacular but happy I finally finished it. *Reading all the books I already own (3/16)*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denis Vasilev

    Книга про управление фокусом внимания в работе. Нового мало.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul Borres

    Feeling overwhelmed by multiple tasks at hand, this helped me direct my attention on what's important. Feeling overwhelmed by multiple tasks at hand, this helped me direct my attention on what's important.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Håkansson

    Interesting series of articles about emotional intelligence which made me think more about how to apply mindfulness in my daily life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maria Jose

    Me resulta interesante si estas interesado en sacar partido a tú tiempo.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Said AlMaskery

    Several good articles on focus ...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vishnu Priya

    It was such a quick read and yet an absolute gem of a book. Something I'd keep with me forever and go back to, to refresh what I learned. It was such a quick read and yet an absolute gem of a book. Something I'd keep with me forever and go back to, to refresh what I learned.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Luis Ángel Ramos

    Resumen corto de consejos prácticos para mantener la atención :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cory Marchildon

    I feel like this book was just thrown together with no real effort or direction. At least it was an easy read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stevia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave Tamayo

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tyrone Jooste

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nhan Nguyen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Parisa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marie Nguien

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shravya Kag

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samet Girgin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Tiao

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amit Jaiswal

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie

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