Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
The Power of Full Engagement
Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
Free Press, 2003
Balance your mind, body, emotions and spirit by managing not your time, but your energy. It’s the new paradigm.
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz offer a lot of solid, common sense advice. The authors recommend going to bed and getting up at a consistent time - not exactly Ben Franklin’s "early to bed, early to rise," but close. They recommend regular exercise. They say it’s good to work and to rest, and each has its place. They say to examine yourself and try to see yourself as others see you. In other words, they recommend many time-honored techniques of physical, mental and spiritual growth, combined with prioritizing how you use your energy and how you recharge your batteries. This attitude makes the book unique. The principles may be ancient, but getAbstract finds the vehicle distinctly contemporary, a combo of New Age jargon and workout-style performance charting, with (at last) a key to time management that makes sense and captures all areas of one’s life. Some readers will find that thrilling, others will groan.
About the Authors
Senior partners and principals at a performance consultancy, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz co-developed training packages that draw on their "Full Engagement" model. Loehr is a performance psychologist and the author of 12 books including Stress for Success. Schwartz co-authored Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal and also wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.
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It is unclear how to distinguish between the 4 kinds of energy. One is obvious: physical energy when it comes to the body. The other 3, I would call motivations. Spiritual energy, I am guessing would be related to the why...