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Answers to Distraction

by Edward M. Hallowell John J. Ratey

book about attention deficit disorder, in a question answer format, the follow up book to driven to distraction.

Brain Science, Peak Performance, and Finding the Shine: Inspiring Excellence in Yourself and Your People-Every Day

by Edward M. Hallowell

Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. Especially in today's world of intensifying competition and economic uncertainty, the people who work for you need to shine their brightest every day. In this chapter, bestselling author and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell introduces the Cycle of Excellence, a process he created to help managers inspire peak performance. Based on brain science, performance research, and Hallowell's own clinical experience, the Cycle of Excellence consists of five steps: (1) Select: put the right people in the right jobs; (2) Connect: strengthen the interpersonal bonds among your team members; (3) Play: help people unleash their imaginations at work; (4) Grapple and Grow: when the pressure's on, enable employees to achieve mastery of their work; and (5) Shine: use the right rewards to promote loyalty and stoke your people's desire to excel. After briefly describing each of the five steps, Hallowell explains the evolution of his approach and how new research in three areas-neuroscience, positive psychology, and the connection between happiness and achievement-catalyzed his thinking. This chapter was originally published as the Introduction to "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

by Edward M. Hallowell

It's never been easy to raise children, and arguably it's even more difficult now. In this measured and humane book Dr Edward Hallowell offers a sensible strategy for raising happy children. In his plan he has two primary goals for children:1) that they develop a sense of 'connection' with those around them and2) the development of a sense of mastery over one or more areas of their lives. When parents guide their children towards these goals, the outcome will be good. Other key issues he raises are: -...

Connect

by Edward M. Hallowell

The promise of wellness and satisfaction has never been as ubiquitous in our culture as it is now. Images of happy people stare out at us from magazine pages and television screens; they are successful and busy, hurrying from the office to the opera, eating healthfully and acting responsibly. We are a nation of achievers but, as Dr. Edward Hallowell makes clear in Connect, what sustains us--emotionally, psychologically, physically--is connectedness, the feeling that we are part of something that matters, something larger than ourselves that gives life its meaning, direction, and purpose. Hallowell examines the real life most of us lead--overwhelmed, harried, pressured--and outlines the steps we can take to connect ourselves to the people and things that matter to us. He elevates the simplest forms of communication, understanding, and self-knowledge as examples of the human moment: the basis for the bridges we build to one another. He tells stories of personal growth--one woman's plan to bring a neighborhood together, another woman's assembling of a makeshift family, a real estate developer's institution of company-wide weekly pizza dinners--and identifies in them twelve vital ties to a more connected life. Hallowell concludes that within each of us exists the capacity to connect with the people around us--our parents, spouses, children, friends, and colleagues--to become who we want to be and to be happy with who we are.From the Hardcover edition.

Connect: Fueling the Cycle of Excellence-How Promoting Strong Interpersonal Bonds Ignites Your Team's Peak Performance

by Edward M. Hallowell

Connection-the bond an individual feels with another person, group, task, or mission-is one of the most powerful tools you as a manager can use to bring out the best in the people who work for you. Connected employees are loyal, committed, inspired, and excited. They have positive energy, and they give their best effort to everything they do. In this chapter, bestselling author ("Driven to Distraction") and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on "Connect," the second of five steps in the Cycle of Excellence. Using real-life examples and new discoveries in the field of brain science, he explains why promoting positive connections among the members of your team is good for business. On the flip side, he describes the destructive impact of disconnection and shows you how to turn a disconnected workplace culture into a connected one. The chapter concludes with a list of concrete steps you can take to create a connected work environment-one in which people are doing their best work, enjoying their jobs, and helping your business to thrive. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 3 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

CrazyBusy

by Edward M. Hallowell

Are you too busy? Are you always running behind? Is your calendar loaded with more than you can possibly accomplish? Is it driving you crazy? You're not alone. CrazyBusy-the modern phenomenon of brain overload-is a national epidemic. Without intending it or understanding how it happened, we've plunged ourselves into a mad rush of activity, expecting our brains to keep track of more than they comfortably or effectively can. In fact, as Attention Deficit Disorder expert and bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, M. D. , argues in this groundbreaking new book, this brain overload has reached the point where our entire society is suffering from culturally induced ADD. CrazyBusy is not just a by-product of high-speed, globalized modern life-it has become its defining feature. BlackBerries, cell phones, and e-mail 24/7. Longer work days, escalating demands, and higher expectations at home. It all adds up to a state of constant frenzy that is sapping us of creativity, humanity, mental well-being, and the ability to focus on what truly matters. But as Dr. Hallowell argues, being crazybusy can also be an opportunity. Just as ADD can, if properly managed, become a source of ingenuity and inspiration, so the impulse to be busy can be turned to our advantage once we get in touch with our needs and take charge of how we really want to spend our time. Through quick exercises (perfect for busy people), focused advice on everything from lifestyle to time management, and examples chosen from his extensive clinical experience, Hallowell goes step-by-step through the process of unsnarling frantic lives. With CrazyBusy, we can teach ourselves to move from the F-state-frenzied, flailing, fearful, forgetful, furious-to the C-state-cool, calm, clear, consistent, curious, courteous. Dr. Hallowell has helped more than a million readers free themselves of the distractions and compulsions of ADD. Now in CrazyBusy, he offers the same sound, sane, and accessible guidance for anyone suffering from the harried pace of modern life. If you find yourself pulled into a million different directions, here at last is the opportunity to stop being busy, start being happy, and still get things done.

The Cycle of Excellence: A Summary of the Five Steps to Peak Performance-And Helpful Hints for Putting Them into Practice

by Edward M. Hallowell

In practical terms, the pressure of managing your employees and your own work on a daily basis doesn't allow you to examine what's happening step by step. You manage within a process-traditionally called work-and you are often juggling many tasks and priorities at once. In this chapter, bestselling author and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell encapsulates the five steps that comprise what he calls the Cycle of Excellence: Select, Connect, Play, Grapple and Grow, and Shine. It is the synthesis of these five steps-all the elements working together-that leads to excellence and sustained peak performance on the part of those who work for you. In eight concise pages filled with practical tips and advice, this chapter serves as a quick-reference guide to help you meet the challenge all managers face: to help people overcome obstacles, both internal and external, and enter the self-sustaining Cycle of Excellence. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 7 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

Delivered from Distraction

by Edward M. Hallowell John J. Ratey

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder-all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD. As Hallowell and Ratey point out, "attention deficit disorder" is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you'll discover* whether ADD runs in families* new diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluations* the links between ADD and other conditions* how people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengths* the new drugs and how they work, and why they're not for everyone* exciting advances in nonpharmaceutical therapies, including changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle* how to adapt the classic twelve-step program to treat ADD* sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them* strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, Delivered from Distraction is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read. From the Hardcover edition.

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

by Edward M. Hallowell John J. Ratey

In 1994, "Driven to Distraction" sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder -- all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of "Driven to Distraction" to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD. As Hallowell and Ratey point out, "attention deficit disorder" is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, "Delivered from Distraction" provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you'll discover whether ADD runs in families new diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluations the links between ADD and other conditions, how people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengths. ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. "Delivered from Distraction" is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read.

Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive

by Edward M. Hallowell

Are you driven to distraction at work? Bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world's leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work. You know the feeling: you can't focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you're frustrated just trying to get everything done well-and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it's impacting your sense of well-being outside the office. It's time to reclaim control. Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like "learn to manage your time better" or "make a to-do list" don't work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state. In Part 1 of the book, he identifies the six most common ways people lose the ability to focus at work-what he calls "screen sucking" (internet/social media addiction), multitasking, idea hopping (never finishing what you start), worrying, playing the hero, and dropping the ball-and he explains the underlying psychological and emotional dynamics driving each behavior. Part 2 of the book provides advice for "training" your attention overall, so that you are less susceptible to surrendering it, in any situation. The result is a book that will empower you to combat each one of these common syndromes-and clear a path for you to achieve your highest personal and professional goals.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood

by Edward M. Hallowell John J. Ratey

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

Driven to Distraction (Revised)

by Edward M. Hallowell John J. Ratey

Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who are thought to have ADHD. Now the bestselling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers. Through vivid stories and case histories of patients--both adults and children--Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming. They dispel common myths, offer helpful coping tools, and give a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. But most importantly, they focus on the positives that can come with this "disorder"--including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Five Steps to Peak Performance: How You Can Use Brain Science to Bring Out the Best in Your People

by Edward M. Hallowell

Are there people working for you who feel stressed out? Overloaded? Disconnected? Afraid? These are not "problem" employees; they don't have disciplinary issues, and they're not untalented. But they're not achieving at their peak level in the pressure-cooker that is today's workplace. In this chapter, bestselling author and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell describes in detail the five steps of the Cycle of Excellence and explains how you, as a manager, can use brain science to help your people-your stars as well as your stalwarts-perform at high levels every day, over years of time. Key to Hallowell's approach is the plasticity of the human brain: it can develop, adapt, and change-at any age. Using rich examples from his own work with individuals and his study of companies like Google, Whole Foods, and Cisco Systems, Hallowell explains how you can promote intellectual vigor, encourage positive emotional energy, minimize stress, and put people in a state of "flow," where they can perform at their absolute best. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 1 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

Grapple and Grow: Reinforcing the Cycle of Excellence-Encouraging Peak Performance by Making Work Challenging and Fun

by Edward M. Hallowell

When work doesn't lead to growth and positive results, it's often due to the chaos of modern life-the constant distractions and interruptions of the typical workplace and the pressure to do more (faster!) with fewer resources. In this chapter, bestselling author ("Driven to Distraction") and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on "Grapple and Grow"-the combination of work and progress-as the fourth step in the Cycle of Excellence. This step is where you want your people to spend most of their time-working. But if you don't handle it right, work becomes drudgery and productivity sags. To succeed, you must tend to the first three steps of the cycle: Select what to focus on, create a positively connected atmosphere, and encourage imaginative engagement. Once you've done that, you'll notice that your people want to work harder and that work is what it ought to be-fun. Using real-life examples and new discoveries in the field of brain science, Hallowell also explains how you, as a manager, can minimize "toxic stress" and promote "positive stress" in the form of surmountable, growth-sustaining challenges your employees will want to embrace. The chapter concludes with a list of ten steps you can take to help your employees grapple with the demands of their jobs and achieve peak performance-every day. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 5 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

Human Moment at Work

by Edward M. Hallowell

In the last decade or so, technological changes--mainly voice mail and e-mail--have made a lot of face-to-face interaction unnecessary. Face-to-face contact has also fallen victim to "virtuality"--many people work at home or are otherwise off-site. Indeed, most people today can't imagine life without such technology and the freedom it grants. But Edward Hallowell, a noted psychiatrist who has been treating patients with anxiety disorders--many of them business executives--for more than 20 years, warns that we are in danger of losing what he calls the human moment: an authentic psychological encounter that can happen only when two people share the same physical space. And, he believes, we may be about to discover the destructive power of its absence. The author relates stories of business people who have dealt firsthand with the misunderstandings caused by an overreliance on technology. An e-mail message is misconstrued. Someone forwards a voice-mail message to the wrong people. A person takes offense because he was not included on a certain circulation list. Was it an accident? Often the consequences of such misunderstandings, taken individually, are minor. Over time, however, they take a larger toll--both on individuals and on the organizations they work for. The problem, however, is not insoluble. The author cites examples of people who have worked successfully to restore face-to-face contact in their organizations. The bottom line is that the strategic use of the human moment adds color to our lives and helps us build confidence and trust at work. We ignore it at our peril.

Learning Outside The Lines

by Edward M. Hallowell David Cole Jonathan Mooney

oward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken.

Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And Adhd Give You The Tools F

by Edward M. Hallowell David Cole Jonathan Mooney

Learning with YOUR purpose in mind -- not your parents', not your teacher's, not your school's Every day, your school, your teachers, and even your peers draw lines to measure and standardize intelligence. They decide what criteria make one person smart and another person stupid. They decide who will succeed and who will just get by. Perhaps you find yourself outside the norm, because you learn differently -- but, unlike your classmates, you have no system in place that consistently supports your ability and desire to learn. Simply put, you are considered lazy and stupid. You are expected to fail. Learning Outside the Lines is written by two such "academic failures" -- that is, two academic failures who graduated from Brown University at the top of their class. Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach you how to take control of your education and find true success -- and they offer all the reasons why you should persevere. Witty, bold, and disarmingly honest, Learning Outside the Lines takes you on a journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken.

Like Sound Through Water

by Edward M. Hallowell Karen J. Foli

Ben was a bright, happy little boy. Yet he was easily distracted, he wouldn't make eye contact, and he couldn't comprehend the simplest things said to him. At age three he still hadn't started talking. Finally, Karen Foli knew she had to act, and she took her son to a speech and hearing clinic. What the clinicians reported chilled her: Ben's speech and language were delayed by one to two years. Testing results and speech therapists suggested problems that included the words "probably retarded and perhaps autistic." But Karen, trusting her mother's intuition, knew that Ben was intelligent and that he was frustrated by his inability to communicate, so she continued to try to help her son. She discovered that he possessed the hallmarks of auditory processing disorder, the aural equivalent of dyslexia. Like Sound Through Water is the story of Karen's struggle to get Ben the help he needed to learn the most basic skill of all: to communicate with the world. She ran the gauntlet of medical disbelievers and pediatric therapists who refused to understand the very new Þndings of auditory processing disorder. Even her husband, a psychiatrist specializing in children's afÞictions, had never heard of APD. Despite this, he kept a steadfast faith in his son. Now, after years of intensive treatment for APD, Ben is an academically successful, hardworking little boy with a bright future to look forward to. Like Sound Through Water is a testament to a mother's love and her devotion to her son's care; it is also an instructive journey for those who are discovering the world of APD and a guidebook to negotiating the land mines of its treatment. Above all, it is a beautifully written tale of hope and optimism.

Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption

by Edward M. Hallowell Sue George Hallowell Melissa Orlov

Bestselling author and attention deficit expert, Dr. Hallowell teams up with his couples' therapist wife to explain the subtle yet deadly toll a hectic lifestyle takes on intimate relationships. The author offers strategies for restoring connection and communication.

Overloaded Circuits

by Edward M. Hallowell

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Play: Encouraging the Cycle of Excellence-Help Your People Achieve Peak Performance by Engaging Their Imaginations

by Edward M. Hallowell John J. Gabarro Colleen Kaftan

Play is the most creative activity of the human brain. It allows you to dream up fresh ideas and question old ones. In play, the brain totally lights up. Play drives creativity, and creativity, in turn, drives profits. Without play, peak performance is impossible-workers become robotic, doing what they are asked to do but no more. In this chapter, bestselling author ("Driven to Distraction") and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on "Play" as the third step in the Cycle of Excellence. He explains how a culture of imaginative engagement encourages the people who work for you to voice their ideas, think creatively, and discover talents they didn't know they had-and this applies to everyone on your team, not just the "creative" types. Using as an example a life-or-death encounter from his own work as a physician, Hallowell demonstrates how the human brain, given the freedom to improvise and invent, can almost literally save the day. The chapter concludes with a list of ten practical suggestions for how you, as a manager, can help your people stay imaginatively engaged, thus bringing out the best in them-every day. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 4 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

Select: Jumpstart the Cycle of Excellence-Encourage Peak Performance by Putting the Right Person in the Right Job

by Edward M. Hallowell John A. Quelch Heather Beckham

As General Electric CEO Jack Welch said, "Getting the right people in the right jobs is a lot more important than developing a strategy." Smart managers know that job fit means paying attention to three things: what a person likes to do most; what he or she does best; and what adds the greatest value to the project or organization. In this chapter, bestselling author ("Driven to Distraction") and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on "Select," the first of five steps in the Cycle of Excellence. He uses real-life examples to demonstrate the importance of fit-that when there's a mismatch between the employee and the job, everything that follows, no matter how fervent the effort, suffers. He also explains how to recognize a bad fit and what to do to fix it. The chapter offers practical steps you can take today-including the "Hallowell Self-Report Job-Fit" questionnaire-that will help you identify your employees' strengths and interests and match them to the particular challenges of your organization. The chapter concludes with a discussion of "conative style"-defined as an individual's natural, inborn style of solving a problem-and how understanding this characteristic in each of your employees can help you put the right person in the right job. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 2 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

Shine: Completing the Cycle of Excellence-How Praise and Recognition of Your People's Achievements Promotes Peak Performance

by Edward M. Hallowell

Praise and recognition are powerful motivators because they satisfy a fundamental human need-the need to feel valued for what we do. You, as a manager, are in a unique position to offer-or withhold-this recognition. In this chapter, bestselling author ("Driven to Distraction") and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell focuses on how you can make your employees "Shine"-the fifth and final step in the Cycle of Excellence. Using recent discoveries in brain science (most notably that success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure) and real-life examples from Harvard University, Dana Corporation, and his own work with individuals, Hallowell explains how praise and recognition build self-esteem, which in turn drives greater effort and the determination to succeed. He even draws a connection between recognition and moral behavior, explaining that recognition not only motivates people to work harder but also strengthens their connection to the larger group, lessening the chances that they will act out of greed or self-interest. The chapter closes with a list of ten tips you can follow to encourage your people to shine in their jobs and perform at their peak-every day. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 6 of "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People."

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