How to Have a Good Day Harness the Power of Behavioral

How to Have a Good Day Harness the Power of Behavioral

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  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    The Art of Having a Good DayThen I spent countless hours reading academic articles and books than six hundred at last count in the three disciplines looking for findings that I could translate into actionable advice for my clients And that abundance of research and practical experience is the bedrock of How to Have a Good Day c Not too abundant though is it? those days when our workplaces feel like a Milgram experiment cBefore we dive into the advice on creating the seven building blocks of a good day I’m going to highlight three important scientific themes c Dear old MCKTakeouts 1 The two system brain 2 The discover defend axis 3 The mind body loop My twelve years with McKinsey Company the management consultancy helped greatly in my pursuit of that goal since it gave me the opportunity to find out what everyday life was like inside hundreds of workplaces I specialized in projects that helped organizations shift their culture in a positive direction which meant I spent a lot of time studying behavior attitudes and processes And whenever I could I’d ask my clients the same three uestions What does a good day look like for you? What about a bad one? What would it take to have good days? Then I’d get to work helping them turn their bad days into better dayscanother seasoned professional tells us about “suddenly” securing new promotion opportunities after trying out new science based techniues to sharpen her focus and self confidence cSubconsciously we’re constantly on the lookout for threats to defend against and rewards to discover It takes very little to put our brains into defensive mode and we’re not at our smartest in that mode However a dose of self awareness and the pursuit of certain types of rewards can help us move back into clearer thinking discovery mode cIf brains were smartphones they’d be flying off the shelves c the startling truth is that we don’t experience the world as it is; we’re always experiencing an edited simplified version Even so it’s still a little hard for most of us to accept; we rather like the idea that we have a good grip on reality And since the filtering is automatic—and therefore subconscious—it’s often difficult to believe it’s really happening cImagine a discussion between the eagle eyed people who saw the gorilla and the task focused people who didn’t notice it Both sides will be certain of their view of what happened and think the other group is a little crazy “There was a gorilla” “Don’t be ridiculous Also you can’t count” cAs Czeisler puts it “We would never say ‘This person is a great worker He’s drunk all the time’ Yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep” cMimicking the physical actions associated with feeling happy confident and relaxed appears to tell your brain that you are in fact happy confident and relaxed creating a self fulfilling loop c

  2. Lorilin Lorilin says:

    Caroline Webb has managed to write a heavily researched evidence based manual that can be helpful to just about anyone Which probably makes it sound horribly boring but it really isn'tMost of the book is written for people who work at the top or the bottom of the food chain it doesn't matter But even I as a stay at home mom and writer found plenty in here to apply to my life Webb's tone is very conversational and while the content is dense she manages to inject levity and humor often enough that I never felt bogged downThe book is divided into seven parts In a nutshell these parts address1 Setting your intentions2 Organizing your self and your life in a strategic way3 Making the most of your relationships this is BY FAR my favorite section holy smokes4 Being your best most insightful self5 Maximizing your impact6 Increasing your resilience7 Boosting your energyAs I mentioned my favorite section hands down is the section about building relationships I thought Webb offered so much good stuff here I was blown away Some of my favorite insights from Webb Nobody ever experiences an entirely objective version of reality and this is what leads to misunderstanding This may seem like an obvious point but the scientific explanation behind this is fascinating Webb's advice on how to give a positive no basically delivering disappointing information with positivity and warmth is life changing in my opinion I've already put this one into practice and seen great results Along the same lines I also love Webb's strategies for diffusing tense situations and delivering difficult information with kindness clarity and tactAnd even still there is so much to this book How to Have a Good Day offers plenty of helpful insight into the nature of human interaction and the science behind why we act the way that we do that I really believe there is something in here for everyone It's not a book to rush through so take your time with it It will be worth the effortAlso if you do enjoy this book I'd also recommend Unfinished Business Women Men Work Family

  3. Cabe Cabe says:

    I've read dozens of this kind of book in the past blends of how to be productive fulfilled content energised better at decisionmaking and leadership all while trying to keep a career moving at a good pace This is uite literally the most useful book I've ever readIt has practical advice on virtually every aspect of a modern work day meetings email relationships communiation sharp thinking grounded in interesting research and then brought to life with stories from the author's work The experience of reading it is of getting the essence of a brilliant piece of advice and then being able to turn to someone or a host of people and say 'yes but how does that really work? what do you do when this or that happens?' The range of characters who bring it to life is engaging in itself business leaders public sector front line staff a China e commerce head a UK marketing chief an American creative director an Indian banker and the list goes onHighly recommended for anyone who is serious about improving their uality of life at work and in getting dozens and dozens of tips for becoming even effective at work as well

  4. Soheil Soheil says:

    I listened to the audiobook read by the author and should unforunately acknowledge that it is not well read She reads the book with a very slow speed and her voice may not keep your interest very longThe book is a comprehensive collection of tools and techniues useful for having a good day at work However if you have previously been reading self help books you may not find many new tips and techniues on offer here that would be considered game changingThe author has dedicated a complete chapter to explaining the science and research behind her techniues She also keeps citing research throughout the book as a reason to believe I guess For me specially since many of this research was already cited in many other books previously such as Nudge Power of Habit etc it became tediousThe real life examples used in the book to help and get the points across don't help much either as I found them not very relatable or sometimes believable as people may say many things contrary to what actually has happenedIn the end if you have never read any other books about boosting your performance making good habits making decisions how to connect with colleagues how to present yourself and your content etc This book is a great place to start But be warned some topics are mostly shallow and the book may become tiresome or tedious depending on your expectations

  5. Daniel Daniel says:

    This book is sort of a review of the literature of productivity efficiency being calm conflict resolution focus etc all the stuff of a good day at work All of that is pure ruby and pearls to this superdork But while I enjoyed this what David Brooks did in The Social Animal which is similar in topic though it's about how to have a good LIFE instead of a good day made that a book I'm positive will stick with me longer than this one He reviewed the literature via fictional characters that I actually gave two craps about Senorita Webb uses examples of people in the workplace but the examples are little anecdotes Senor Brooks uses the same characters over the course of their lives to illustrate how the data applies Good lesson all you writers out there Make me CARE about the topic not just interested in it I'll spare you a summary of the review of literature with one exception This pup is yet ANOTHER book that says we should all be exercising and meditatingProductivity Beating Procrastination Picture the benefits Plan a short term reward Tie the first step to something you like or like doing Amplify the downside of inaction Ask the five whys to get to the true blockerProductivity Choosing your filters Aim What matters most in making this a success and how does that affect what your real priority should be? Attitude Are your concerns helping your priorities or hurting them? Assumptions What negative expectations do you have going into this? Can you challenges these? Attention Given your real aim and your assumptions where do you most want to focus your attention?Productivity Planning deliberate downtime Take smart breaks Make decisions at peaks not troughs Don’t decide when you are tired or hungry Schedule transition time between meetings smart Google style meetings 25 minutes for 30 minute meetings 50 minutes for hour long meetings Allow reflection timeProductivity Reinforcing your intentions Mental contrasting Think of what could get in the way of your plans and create a “When then” plan Priming Thinking of cues to help you stay on track Mind’s eye rehearsal Visualize perfect execution and think of a time in the past when you did it wellProductivity Singletasking Batch your tasks Zone your day Remove distractions Plan small rewards for good behavior Share your wisdomProductivity Overcoming overload Mindful pause Don’t try to hold everything in your head Write it down to dos and notes to remember Most important thing Smallest step first Comparative advantage What are you uniuely ualified to do Positive no Start your decline with warmth Set boundaries What are your boundaries What is the clearest way to communicate this Automate small daily decisions Single taskingRelationships Bringing out the best in others Extreme listening Coach don’t tell use the GROW model Goal current reality options way forward Give brain friendly feedback Be fair be as transparent as possible when making tough decisionsRelationships Building real rapport Set collaborative intentions Ask uality uestions Create a sense of in group Look for points of similarity or connection shared goals gripes or interests Use reciprocal disclosure If you want them to open up you have to open up first Pocket your phoneRelationships Resolving tensions Find common ground Spread positive contagion Assume good intentions bad circumstances Notice acknowledge offer “I noticed that” “I’m sorry that must be hard” “Is there anything I can do? Manage your own baggage Identify your own hot button patterns Raise difficult issues with skill Set your collaborative intentions Then in conversation ask permission make factual observation share your feelings invite other person’s perspective and jointly discuss a solutionThinking Making wise decisions Notice when automatic system is talking Adopt a cross check routine Don’t default Play devil’s advocate Mandate dissent Never say never Conduct a pre mortem Watch out for system fatigue Pause if you are feeling impatient distracted clumsy etc Resolve dilemmas with greater ease Ask what “could” I do rather than what “should” I doThinking Boosting your brain power Start with positive framing before getting to the tough stuff Draw the issue tree break down problems to smaller parts Harness your social brain imagine a user or customer going through the situation Look after smart basics remove distractions exercise get sleepInfluence Getting through their filters Provide a reward surprise novelty or anticipation Emphasize the human angle with the formula “People plus positive emotion Show how your idea affects real people Invite audience to put themselves in their shoes Make it fluent The easier to understand the better Rhymes rock Don’t assume they know what you knowInfluence Making things happen Provide context Make it easy for folks Work out what might prevent people from doing what you hope and remove that barrier Make a concrete suggestions to anchor the discussion and reduce the amount of thought needed Provide visual cues that draw attention to the outcome you want Bring the benefits to life They might not be obvious to others Use social proof Get folks involved Either their thoughts or get them physically involved Give as well as takeConveying Confidence Reframe nerves as excitement Connect to your values What’s the bigger purpose of what your asking or advocating Take your space Power pose Keep track of your successesResilience Keeping a cool head Label the emotion Get some distance Ask “What can I learn from this? Deep breathingResilience Moving on Reappraise the sitiation What are the true facts What are the assumptions Ditch sunk costs Find a new path when someone messes upResilience Staying strong Sleep Exercise MeditateEnergy Topping up the tank Experiment with the 7 energy boosters three good things random kindnesses finding something interesting give yourself a uick win social connection finding a personal purpose smile Know your typical energy highs and lows End on a high noteEnergy Play to your strengths Identify your signature strengths Apply your strengths consciously Harness personal interests for reinspiration at work

  6. Suzyqb87 Suzyqb87 says:

    You know those books where you find yourself dog earing every page to ensure you come back because there is so much valuable information? Caroline Webb's How to Have a Good Day is uite possibly one of the only books you'll ever need to read on practical ways to enhance your productivity relationships strategy making and energy with simple doable tips based on behavioral science studiesSound like a bore to you? Trust me it's not Webb writes in a personal and honest way sharing her own methods and anecdotes and she includes stories from all kinds of workplaces and universities Every time I had a doubt or thought yeah come on but what aboutshe addressed the objections head on in an authentic anticipatory way Plus Webb writes about the science in a way that even I as a layperson can grasp and teach others I talked nonstop about this book on a recent beach trip to friends and surprisingly they were interestedEven if you've read many books on productivity before this book will introduce you to some theories you haven't encountered before For me the sections on prioritizing and giving a positive no were new and immensely useful Also don't skip the Appendix; Webb fills it with even hands on tips for how to be good at email something I do all day every day how to be good at meetings and how to reinvigorate your routine Each chapter is constructed thoughtfully so you can digest bits at a time At the conclusion of each chapter Webb repeats the top points with simple applicable uestions I'll be pinning these up around my office very likely Especially the parts about dealing thoughtfully and wisely with difficult personalities and strategies for keeping your energy up at the end of the dayWays to use this bookThis book would make for a strong plan to significantly improve your work life and enjoyment at work over the course of a few months or year by trying each new strategy at a time and building one upon the other I gulped it down in about three days as a I usually do when I'm enthralled in a book but I'll be revisiting its gems repeatedly and bringing it into my office for uick referenceThis book is a great read for either someone just entering a career field or a seasoned person who's in a rut As a fairly new career person this book is going to make me better than ever before when interacting with people and trying to bring my best self to work I loved Webb's message of actually enjoying work I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review I didn't have to post a positive review though I did so because this book is excellent Five stars

  7. Ali Ali says:

    This book should be called “how to be an effective adult” Although nominally it’s about how to have a good day at work it covers a whole lot The book revolves around three themes 1 The brain’s activity is split across System 1 deliberate and controlled and System 2 automatic and instinctive2 The discover defend axis Our brains function best when it’s in discovery mode instead of defending against perceived threats 3 Mind and body are deeply entwined Simple physical interventions can immediately boost our intellectual performance emotional resilience and personal confidenceWebb then applies these themes to seven main areas Priorities Productivity Relationships Thinking Influence Resilience and Energy For each of these she gives practical scientifically sound principles that I’m sure have been tested up and down the halls of her famously meticulous consulting firm McKinsey CoFor example to boost your energy do these six things think about three good things; engage in random kindness; find something interesting; give yourself a uick win; make time for human connection; find the personal purpose; and smile To beat back procrastination use implementation intentions eg “When I first sit at my desk I will write for 15min” Intrinsic motivation works better than extrinsic motivation so find your inner why Boost your brainpower by scheduling blocks of deep thinking time engineering your environment prioritizing your sleep HUGE and doing a short burst of aerobic exerciseThis one book is like a summary of 12 books on productivity and self management boiled down to their most useful essence and presented in a highly structured user friendly package Each chapter has a one page summary and there are three appendices at the end for mastering meetings email and reinvigorating your routine This is a superb guide and reference for getting life right 1010 Ali Binazir MD MPhil Happiness Engineer and author of The Tao of Dating The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible the highest rated dating book on for 4 years and Should I Go to Medical School? An Irreverent Guide to the Pros and Cons of a Career in Medicine

  8. Zoe Zoe says:

    I read this book because a friend of mine recommended it He said it made sense Since my friend is someone I highly respect I bought the book without giving it a second thought But now I read the book I don't think I have learned anything new Change your attitude the way you approach things prioritize I mean haven't we heard about them before? Where is the new idea? Maybe I missed some important message I just didn't feel enlightened I didn't really see anything that I haven't already known or experienced Maybe another friend of mine was right You want to have a good day? uit the job

  9. Justin Jackson Justin Jackson says:

    Bought this book on an impulse Best impulse decision I made as this book uncovers so many actually science backed FACTS to improve your life and productivityReally enjoyed the appendices at the end as wellWill definitely be coming back to this book over and over again for refreshing

  10. Nicole H Nicole H says:

    Behavioral science exploring and explaining the reasons why people behave as they do makes for a fascinating read in itself but information alone is not enough to change behaviour as we know That's where this book comes in How To Have A Good Day not only explains the theory but it distillates this knowledge into useful techniues to tweak the way you go about your day The tone is warm and engaging the real life examples illustrating the application of these techniues keep you turning the pages to learn on how to 'up your own game' and your stack of post it notes dwindles as you scribble the salient pieces of advice you can readily use straight away easily transferable to one's personal life too It would be great to have a pull out compendium of the techniues as resumed at the end of each chapter so that I could just pin it up and keep it in sight at all times A great book

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How to Have a Good Day Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life ❴PDF❵ ❤ How to Have a Good Day Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life Author Caroline Webb – In  How to Have a Good Day Caroline Webb—economist and former partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey—shows us how to use recent findings from behavioral economics psychology and neuroscience t In  How to Have a Good Day Caroline Have a Epub Þ Webb—economist and former partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey—shows us how to use recent findings from behavioral economics psychology and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life Her science based techniues have boosted workplace performance and enjoyment for people in hundreds of organizations Here Webb shows us how to How to Epub / build these powerful tools into our own daily routines to give us control over the uality of our days   The book is arranged around seven practices that are central to having a good day setting the right priorities making productive use of our time having effective conversations doing our very best work achieving great personal impact being to Have a PDF É resilient to setbacks and sustaining our energy Throughout Webb teaches us how to be at our best even under pressure and euips us to handle common challenges such as co worker conflicts and difficult deadlines   Filled with real stories of people who have used the Webb’s insights to improve their working lives and drawing on cutting edge to Have a Good Day PDF or ideas from the latest research in behavioral science How to Have a Good Day is the book people wanted to read when they finished Blink and Thinking Fast and Slow and were looking for practical ways to apply what they had learned to their own lives and careers.