Thursday, February 18, 2016

How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

Using behavioral science and neurology, Caroline Webb lays out her plan to help people have a good day.

This is a good book to read a bit and put down, read a bit more and put down. Read it bits at a time and highlight!

First up are the science essentials. Here you will read about the two-system brain, the discover-defend axis, and the mind-body loop. Don't worry if you don't know what these terms mean; Webb does a fantastic job describing them. She basically retools or rephrases ideas already out there. But these help set the stage for the seven parts to come.

Part one talks with your priorities - intentional direction. Three chapters unpacking the way to do that.
Part two is about your productivity - how to make the most of your day. Three chapters unpacking that idea.
Part three is about your relationships and making the most of every single one. Even those you aren't on best of terms with.
Part four is about your thinking and making the wise decisions - boosting your brain power essentially.
Part five is about your influence - how you can make things happen.
Part six is about your resilience - fighting through setbacks while keeping your temper calm.
And part seven is about your energy - playing to your strengths.

This may sound like a typical leadership/motivational book but the science Webb includes raises it head and shoulders above anything like it. It is so practical and easy to read.

There are three practical guides afterwards giving you pointers at being good in meetings, good at e-mail and pumping up your routine.

This is a great book for anyone in the work force.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Crown Business Publishing.

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