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Dave Lakhani's latest effort may just be the feel-good business book of the year. Not enough time in the day? Too many distractions competing for your attention? Not sure what to attack first? Take heart: All you need is one solid distraction-free hour and Lakhani's instruction manual (which won't take much more than an hour to digest), and you're on your way to achieving a Zen-like state of what he calls "Fearsome Focus" that will blast your troubles away. Few of his instructions are revolutionary, but Lakhani's energy and enthusiasm propel his common-sense message to new heights of can-do optimism. The bulk of the book is composed of 18 chapters that focus on specific hour-long business or personal tasks, but these chapters simply extrapolate the essential idea of learning the skill of focus described in the first 35 pages. Once you've mastered focusing, you can choose from the chapters' tasks or make up your own. getAbstract prescribes this book as a cheerful pep talk for anyone who is pressed for time or struggling with an overwhelming to-do list.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What seven steps to take to create change in just one hour;
  • How to enter a state of "Fearsome Focus" that allows you to get the most out of an hour; and
  • How to address 18 personal and business challenges in one hour each.

About the Author

Dave Lakhani is the president and founder of a consultancy that specializes in business acceleration. He is also a "serial entrepreneur," trainer, and speaker on sales and marketing topics, and the author of Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want.



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