Use your brains to design your work/life balance

Cover of "Your Brain at Work: Strategies ...I just read about Emily and Paul in David Rock’s Your Brain at Work. Parents of two children in their struggle for an ideal work-life balance. Emily just got promoted in a large corporation; Paul runs his own business as a software consultant.
The pressure in their lives, just like yours and mine, is filled with a bewildering blizzard of friction, tension, ambition, execution in the midst of emails,
phone calls, conference calls, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Yeah, the kids are also an essential part in the lives of Paul and Emily.

Indeed, very recognizable!

Staying ahead of the storm becomes a seemingly insurmountable task provided we do not acknowledge how our brain works.
In David Rock’s book, we lean how Emily and Paul’s brains work as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they’re presented with, figure out how to prioritize it, organize it and act on it. The author is aware of how a the brain works—and more specifically, how it can perform in an optimal way in a work setting. We learn getting things done and feel comfortable at the end of the day with your beloved spouse and kids.

The core

YOUR BRAIN AT WORK explores issues such as:
  • why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources
  • why it’s so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractions
  • how to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable 
  • how to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possible
  • how to collaborate more effectively with others
  • why providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easier
  • how to be more effective at changing other people’s behavior

    My rating


    4,5 stars on a scale 0-5.

     millie clinton.David Rock really rocks, bringing neuroscience studies and insights to the battlefield of work/life balance and even more important for  management and leadership.
    The author provides easy access to the insights of complex studies and even more important constructs these into doable concepts. For me the real eye-opener was the introduction of the Scarf-concept as a valuable elaboration of change leadership concepts. Cecil Dijoux recently wrote about the concept in his post a must read with excellent references.

David Rock also contributes to transforming one personal work styles through doable principles. This is an  invaluable contribution for me creating – indeed – a better work/life balance and acting as a better change leader.

This book is recommended reading for anyone who is interested in designing a better work/life balance and for those connecting to a changing context in the business world. It is then up to you how that knowledge and information will be applied by you  to meet business, professional or personal success.


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C2B Revolutie wint PIM Marketing Literatuurprijs 2011

Via Scoop.itServe4impact: designing design driven operations

C2B Revolutie wint PIM Marketing Literatuurprijs 2011.

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20 Basic Business Books That Every Liberal Arts Student Should Read

Emma Taylor proposed to include this post on this blog. Loving suggestion for the annual summer reading list, I do. Moreover, any liberal art student applying the knowledge from these books will be the entrepreneur/manager of the 2020′s. Tnx 2 Emma.

Found at 20 Basic Business Books That Every Liberal Arts Student Should Read | Accredited Online

Business books often inspire marketers to open their own business, accountants to become better managers, and CEOs to turn millions into billions. But beyond the obvious corporate-world strategies, liberal arts majorscan learn lessons from them, too. Here are 20 basic business books that will counsel you on personal development, general management, and more.

Read all at 20 Basic Business Books That Every Liberal Arts Student Should Read | Accredited Online

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Reading what HBS professors read over the summer break?

Found Downtime – June 2011 – Alumni Bulletin – Harvard Business School.

Ever wonder what HBS professors read over the summer break? We put that question to several faculty members and got some interesting answers. Read on




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Reading Barry Schwartz and Ken Sharpe’s Practical Wisom

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Occiasonally, I receive invitations to review books.  Barry Schwartz Practical Wisdom was recently offered to me. And loving his Paradox of Choice I’m eager to read and review it. As a teaser, I have this promotion ad included on my blog. Hope u do not mind. Even better, that u might start reading 2. And then we are able to share our thoughts and opinion in the forthcoming weeks.

It’s in your nature to want to succeed.  It’s also human nature to want to do right.

But somewhere, sometime ago we’ve lost how to balance the two.  How do we get it back?

In the lively and provocative new book PRACTICAL WISDOM: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, Barry Schwartz and Ken Sharpe explore the core idea of “practical wisdom” – the essential insights we must embrace to lead satisfying lives.

Based on one of the most popular TED Talks ever, this book is a reasoned call to break down the broken system of rules and incentives that make professional life ineffective and uninspiring—and to embrace the essential and practical human quality that has been drummed out of our lives: Wisdom.

In PRACTICAL WISDOM, Schwartz and Sharpe carry that argument forward. They introduce us to the “canny outlaws” who have worked around the inherent problems with business-as-usual to achieve inspiring and satisfying, hard-fought results in fields from education to law and medicine, even custodial work. And they introduce us to the System Changers who are building a new, better, more rewarding and ultimately more efficient ways to work.

Ultimately, Schwartz and Sharpe make us see that wisdom is above all a practical idea, and our surest route to a happier, more productive future


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ID and Other Reflections: 2010 in Retrospect: Top Few Blogs and Books

Really love this list.

Found at ID and Other Reflections: 2010 in Retrospect: Top Few Blogs and Books.



  1. The Power of Pullby John Seely Brown
  2. The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Create Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societiesby Scott E. Page
  3. The Driveby Daniel Pink
  4. The Adventures of Johnny Bunkoby Daniel Pink
  5. Beyond E-Learning: Approaches and Technologies to Enhance Organizational Knowledge, Learning, and Performanceby Marc J. Rosenberg
  6. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Rightby Atul Gawande
  7. The Future of Managementby Gary Hamel
  8. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizationsby Clay Shirky
  9. Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Resultsby Morten Hansen
  10. Getting Things Doneby David Allen
  11. Building Expertise: Cognitive Methods for Training and Performance Improvementby Ruth Colvin Clark
  12. Pragmatic Thinking and Learningby Andy Hunt
  13. Social Media for Trainersby Jane Bozarth
  14. The New Social Learningby Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham
  15. The Non-Designer’s Design Bookby Robin Williams
  16. Crucial Confrontationsby Kerry Patterson
  17. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  18. Working Smarter Fieldbook

Start reading at ID and Other Reflections: 2010 in Retrospect: Top Few Blogs and Books.


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Steve Dennings’s book review: The New Capitalist Manifesto by Umair Haque

Many references this year to Umair Haque. As written by him that making room for reflecting is a strategic imperative, this book is on the to read list 2011.

Found at The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: BOOK REVIEW: The New Capitalist Manifesto by Umair Haque.


New-capitalist-manifesto-coverIn his brilliant new book, The New Capitalist Manifesto, Umair Haque gives us a bold and eloquent vision of 21st Century capitalism:

“A capitalism where companies, countries and economies reach a higher apex of advantage—one where bigger purpose rouses untapped human potential of every employee, customer and future customer, instead of deadening it


To be continued at


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