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Daniel Goleman: “Focus: the Hidden Driver of Excellence” | Talks at Google

In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.

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  1. Mindfulness , by Buddha , 5000 years ago.

    Emotional intelligence, 1990.

    I enjoy the way things are progressing and being explained scientifically,
    Something very important to us, spirituality should be practiced also.

    Mind , body, spirit.

  2. Can I conclude that some mobile phones social apps were intentionally invented to cause massive human conscious real time distructions?Some users have never taken their heads off their phones for the last 7 years!

  3. Nothing irks me more than people who use an obscure abbreviation define it once in the beginning and then keep talking about it for the next 25 minutes… LCA… LCA blah blah blah LCA

  4. 8:53 How do you tackle it, when the top 10% of the role holders have variation in the traits exhibitted,due to their style of working (equifinality)? Does the competency model hold its relevance?

  5. Flow – Focus – diffuse – two system – all meditation styrker din kognitive kontroll- kognitiv kontroll svekkes med alderen – trenes på samme måte som en normal muskel- diffus modus får tilgang til den nedre delen av hjernen – meditasjon styrker din følelsesmessige kontroll samtidig som du øker din kognitive kontroll.

  6. Awesome talk, thank you for sharing, I equally love the most accurate & simplified description, on complex issue such as achieving the most desired state, state of flow.

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