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Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell starts by offering new information about human cognition and moves into explaining how to manage people better based on systematically applying fresh findings in neuroscience. He also confirms or debunks some earlier concepts about cognition. Hallowell goes on to suggest a solid, five-step, scientifically grounded “Cycle of Excellence” that managers can use to improve performance and productivity. The advice is clear and cumulative: find the right job fit, build connection, foster play, commit to work and reward excellence. getAbstract recommends his perceptive advice to those who are interested in the science behind human motivation, including human resource officers and managers seeking to bring out the very best in their employees, allowing them to “shine” in their everyday work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What contemporary neuroscience can teach managers; and
  • How to use the “Cycle of Excellence” to boost performance and productivity.

About the Author

Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell has written 18 books, including Driven to Distraction and CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap. He heads the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health and teaches at Harvard Medical School.



Neuroscience, Management and the Need for Change
Contemporary managers face new challenges. They don’t just have to do more with less (a common problem), they also have to do it while swamped with emails, tweets and blog updates. That new wrinkle results in “the first modern paradox”: ...

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    Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
    Very good Read and well written.
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    Excellent summary, found the material to be very useful.
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    Very good summary. Really excellent and useful.
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    Faiz Khilji 4 years ago
    Excellent. To the point..
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    Greg Bartell 4 years ago
    Excellent. I highly recommend this to anyone managing people. C-Level executives must take the lead.
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    Raymund Turner 4 years ago
    concise and straightforward information

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    I have acrobat 9. When I go to download in PDF, it is blank ?
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    Jyoti Chand 4 years ago
    good and interestingsummary
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    Dipesh Awasthi 4 years ago
    interesting summary
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    good summry.
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    K Wong 5 years ago
    Clear, how does it compare with other brain books?
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    Manish Kumar 5 years ago
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    Scott Steele 5 years ago
    So neuroscience just caught on to people's innate need for connection in the 1990's? I guess Hallowell thinks he's on to something with his "Cycle of Excellence," perhaps because he has never stepped foot in the business world before? Maybe he should go brush up on some basic management concepts starting with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

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    Marshall Hobart 5 years ago
    excuse me, but a typo: page 4 - line 5
    " . . . them work to with . . . "

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    Joni Mann 5 years ago
    Very general. Basics of Leadership are not defined to support suggestions. Specific goal is not mentioned, "Encouraging Play in the workplace, why would we "skip ahead" in a foundation step? " Everyone knows that a lack of productivity lies with leadership. Why would we try to generate creativity with personnel that doesn't engage in change as a concept? Basics need to be a prerequisite to this book. Why would we want this book? This book has potential as a learning tool but as a concept or suggestion list only. Is Mr. Hallowell a professor? Even if he's a doctor of mental evaluation and knows people's common thoughts and motivations that doesn't make him an authority or a teacher of complexed theory about managing people. What has he done to deserve this summary? I want more.
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    Baba Abdulai 5 years ago
    I like it!
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      Manish Kumar 5 years ago
      You are write!
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    Barry Levin 5 years ago
    Great summary, made me purchase the book outright and the book is wonderful.
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    Jim McSpiritt 5 years ago
    I WAS able to get this to work by bypassing Chrome and using IE.
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    Ali Ali 5 years ago
    good book
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    Nitesh Shah 5 years ago
    Only one word "It Shined"
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    Ravi Chandra 5 years ago
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    Nilesh Kumar 5 years ago
    Excellent Resource !
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    Terrence Taylor 5 years ago
    Well written and well said. Would be helpful to know why these types of practices are not common in more companies.

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