Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, David Rock with Moe Abdou
Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long (Unplugged)
I have to tell you, not only was I fascinated by your book but a lot of thework that you’ve been doing in this whole area of how your brain workshas really been fascinating to me. I appreciate you sharing your time withme today.I managed a large wealth management firm for over 20 years. My primary responsibility at that time was growing my leadership team and just asimportantly, obviously, getting the right niche of talent to be able tomarket and sell our products.So this whole issue of leadership that you’re addressing now; this wholeissue of how to change people’s behaviors and how to change your ownbehavior has just been mesmerizing to me and I wish I had this kind of work or this kind of research, certainly, in the work that I was doing. I seethe relationship between your coaching that you’re doing with the leadersthat you’re working with and certainly how this work is evolving.I have to ask you, it’s coming up on a year now for your book - Your Brainat Work. I’m really curious, what are the bigger insights that you’vegained in just observing people that you’re working with who have really embraced your book?
It is for me too, I have to tell you.
I think it’s a positive addiction. We can get addicted to drinking. We can getaddicted to carousing. We can get addicted to noticing internal experience. Ithink the latter is probably one of the more positive and least harmful. I thinkthat’s something I have noticed. I probably want to write about that shortly. Ithink it’s a positive addiction. I think one of the reasons is it makes lifeinteresting in a whole new way.When you’re a kid everything is new. They say that kids are almost like beingpermanently on some psychedelic where everything is so vivid. I can certainlyhave some memory of that but as an adult everything fits in the same frame.I think every new big insight about human functioning especially neuralfunctioning tends to just give such a burst of energy and such an understandingof things that you didn’t understand. It sort of brings a real freshness and anovelty and an engagement to last. I think it’s a positive. I hope it’s a positiveaddiction.