** Focus by Daniel Goleman


Daniel Goleman is the author of the famous Emotional Intelligence book franchise, and in Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, he attempts to demonstrate how concentration and attention constitute the main ingredient of success. Alas, I found this book to be poorly organized, even meandering, and I dare say not very well focused, ironically. There are plenty of good stories about both the power of intense concentration and its nefarious side effects, such as the often experienced burst of insight that occurs precisely when we stop thinking about a problem, all the way to the “systems geniuses” who can’t seem to get along with other people. But there are too many anecdotes about his grandchildren and over-long ramblings that could have benefited from a strong editor.

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