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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: Focus - The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Focus is, ironically enough, a singularly unfocused book. I checked it out of the library because I thought it would cover the mechanical aspects of how focus works on the brain. Instead, it's a rambling treatise covering (via second hand), various topics from concentration to head-start, to systems thinking, leadership, and global climate change.

Goleman cherry picks examples to illustrates his points, ignoring all the nasty little details that pretty much contradicts what he says. This is particularly annoying, especially when he loves to name drop big companies like Apple and Google. He swallows the information he's given from both of those companies with zero skepticism whatsoever, claiming therefore, that Apple invented the GUI. This is English major style journalism at its worst.

Not recommended. I listened to this as an audio book, and kept going in hopes of a pay off eventually, and the only pay off I got was when the book ended and I didn't have to listen to any more of this drivel.

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