The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

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The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. This fundamental insight has the power to revolutionize the way you live.

As Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz demonstrate in their groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. Their Full Engagement Training System is grounded in twenty-five years of working with great athletes -- tennis champ Monica Seles and speed-skating gold medalist Dan Jansen, to name just two -- to help them perform more effectively under brutal competitive pressures. Now this powerful, step-by-step program will help you to:

กค Mobilize four key sources of energy

กค Balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal

กค Expand capacity in the same systematic way that elite athletes do

กค Create highly specific, positive energy management rituals

The Power of Full Engagement is a highly practical, scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully. It provides a clear road map to becoming more physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned -- both on and off the job.

Customer Reviews:

  • Oscillation for Recovery; Rituals to Relax, gain Strength
    I am not an expert on the subject. Therefore, I submit this review for your respective analysis. The invaluable research completed by Loehr and Schwartz is remarkable! Regarding other reviews submitted for this book, I found them to be unremarkably shallow and maliciously hollow.

    An outrageously incredible coach will help build new skills, nourish changes, and reach goals for the corporate athlete; and remain with that person over an extended length of time to build consistency. Admittedly, there are other aspects to the 'overall state of the human psyche' such as having great parents, great spouse; perhaps a mentor, a sponsor, a guide and other supportive elements.

    Loehr and Schwartz have discovered that properly distributing positive energy is more important than managing time expended on a daily basis. The top-down performance pyramid model addresses the body, the emotions, the mind, and the spirit to reach the Ideal Performance State.

    In my humble opinion, to attain this level of consistency over the span of two or more decades for an executive is impossible. The research could be realistically applied for a world-class athlete since he or she has a much shorter time (and attention) span and the coach is still around.

    However, I will contradict myself now and submit that maybe, just maybe, it is possible. Here is my reasoning. Recently, I met a new group of world-class athletes who are challenging traditional rules. This new breed does not comprehend the word "NO" and the positive energy, reflected in diet, exercise, and mental agility is not only healthy but contagious.

    A few weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of meeting a 24-yr. Chinese-born executive who received her business training and experience in Germany. She is fluent in six languages. She owns three manufacturing plants in China, and she is the most aggressive human machine I have ever met. After rigorous negotiations and discussions, she is a powerful and wealthy woman on all levels.

    I noticed that she took periods to oscillate (rebuild her energy) after stressful negotiations. She closed her eyes, relaxed her muscles and meditated. Later, she told me that she imagined the experience of skydiving, or pretended that she was the heroine in a popular American movie, or she was focused on her next business 'conquest' (her word), planning every detail.

    During her normal workday, every 2 hours, I noticed that she would stop at whatever she was doing and take fifteen minute stretches, similar to the breaks taken by tennis players staring at their tennis rackets between volleys. Precise, disciplined and focused. Wow!

    I quickly noticed the similarities while reading this book, demonstrated by this remarkable woman. Spiritually, she had a keen sense of awareness and purpose. She found many different ways to tap into her positive energy.

    Is this 21st Century "shock-corporate/jock" material or what? This is a spectacular book for managing our "inner stage under the most difficult circumstances, and to emerge from stressful periods stronger, healthier, and eager for the next challenge."

    [ADDITION TO REVIEW 12JAN06] Upon additional, admittedly amateur research, I believe this book is the beginning of a powerful movement about how people can manage energy and expand life. Please review the Abs Diet by David Zinczenko (sold by Amazon). Exercise your lifestyle with challenging "sprints," then learn to oscillate (relax). ...more info
  • Energy Management is the Key!
    The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, 2003.

    This book presents a compelling case that the way we manage our energy has far more impact on our ability to achieve superior performance than does how we manage our time. In years of work with outstanding athletes, first in tennis and golf and then expanding to other sports, the authors developed this theory. Loehr and Schwartz show that an athlete's peak performance followed by brief periods of recovery will enable them to endure long periods of exertion and outlast equally skilled competitors over years of participation. This knowledge has been expanded to the corporate world, in what is called the "Corporate Athlete? Training System."

    The premise is that there are four unique types of energy we expend - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. In each area we need to both stress ourselves in order to grow and follow those periods of stress with periods of recovery. The stress enables us to build "muscle" in each area. Not challenging ourselves will cause atropy, much the way a muscle will decline in strength if not used - think of the condition of a person's arm when they have a cast removed. The recovery time will allow us to recharge and be ready for the next period of exertion.

    In applying this to a business environment, the authors suggest that our typical business mentality is to go to work and then work all day, surviving on bad food choices and then wondering why we end up with low energy, burnout and a build up of stress. To counter this, it is suggested that one should not work for more than 11/2 to 2 hours without taking a break. The break may be anything that gets your mind off of work for 15 minutes. It could be a walk, listening to music, going to a coffee shop, getting a shoe-shine, etc. Studies have shown that this kind of routine will increase a person's overall productivity and keep them performing well for many, many years. A person doing this will also arrive home in the evening with energy to spare for their family and hobbies, further nurturing their emotional, mental, and spiritual capacities.

    The most compelling argument the authors present goes back to the sports analogy. Think of a major athlete and how long they actually are in a mode of peak performance. Then think of how much time they spend recovering - through massage, relaxing, etc. The game - peak performance period - is far surpassed by the amount of recovery time between games. Add to that that generally the athlete only performs for a season or two a year. This is in sharp contrast to how much demand we put on ourselves to perform at work, year in and year out, with short vacation breaks.

    This book, through the information and the case studies it presents, illustrates how everyone can benefit from better managing their energy. The book also shows how relatively simple modifications in how one approaches work will have tremendous positive impact on their well-being. The examples given will give you ideas to reshape your own day.

    ? Copyright BJ Sanders, 2004. All Rights Reserved. Contact: Permission is granted to reproduce, copy or distribute this article as long as it is reproduced in full with this copyright and contact information included.

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  • Life-changing concepts for even the best of us
    This book teaches so well about how to manage energy for all types of people in different stages of life. I helped develop a training based on this book (each trainee received a copy), and the content consistently received rave reviews. The trainees all agreed that using these concepts would help them gain more from their lives and wanted to share their learnings with their co-workers and direct reports. I used the concepts while I was working full-time for a large corporation, AND I use it in my very different life as a first-time mother. Recommended for anyone who wants to accomplish more and gain more meaning from life. (Of course, this requires the abililty to take what you read and apply it to your unique station in life.)...more info
  • It Just Works
    Simple things but they work. Think positive thoughts, you'll be creative. Take some down time and your energy factory will be able to handle more output. The positive rituals actually become neuronal connections that soon work automatically for you the same way that the old bad habits used to work against you. Very similar to a book I read on how to get out of depression called Depression is a Choice. But this is how to be more productive rather than how to get out of depression....more info
  • Read it twice already, going on third read
    I've been intereted in Jim Loehr's work since picking up a copy of his Mental Toughness Training a long time ago. I got this one a couple of months ago, and it's a really great model of life management, possibly the best in the field. It has helped me tremendously. I was especially impressed with the authors's take on the importance of ritual. Highly, highly recommended for people looking to make a change....more info
  • Class by Itself. Very Powerful ideas and suggestions!!
    This book is simply exceptional. The premise is so appropriate and true and the ideas and suggestions are informed and will work. The authors know how to help the reader and deliver the goods!! This book is in the must read category. A great compliment would be 'Effortless Wellbeing' by Evan Finer, because it provides a concise how-to program of mental and physical exercises, and many potent ideas to consider, to greatly boost your energy reserves and personal effectiveness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED reading!!...more info
  • Great book, gets better as you read into it
    I really enjoyed this book once I got over the rather odd title. It just isn't very descriptive and sounds like a title of a rip-off seminar thing.

    After getting into the book, the principals of it are great! It focus on 4 aspects of life (that make up full engagement): physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The idea is that you need to focus on all 4 of these area's....and the highest level of satisfaction is only acheived with all 4.

    They share great examples of real life people which makes it more interesting.

    With a better titled and intro chapter, I would have given it 5 stars....more info
  • Engaging & energizing
    'The Power of Full Engagement' is provocative & pragmatic. It guides me to look at personal & professional life in a more holistic perspective. I definitely feel engaged & energized, & look forward to utilizing Loehr's pointers & transforming my life into a more fruitful & meaningful one....more info
  • You won't regret buying this.
    If you like to find real reason's for improving and growing your ability this is a great book to help with it. They base their ideas on values and on coaxing readers to solving their problems with real world solutions. The concept of building rituals into your daily life is very helpful and the tools and ideas are presented in a logical fashion with good examples from recent times. Hearing the examples of people involved in the attack on the World Trade Center was very influential....more info
  • Rituals of Renewal to Replenish Your Personal Energy
    Much of the information in this book can be found in other books on time management and personal productivity. Readers will need to decide whether to revile the authors for repeating so much conventional wisdom or appreciate their efforts to gather it together in one place. Information about proper sleep and nutrition habits, for example, remains useful even when it is not new.

    The unique value of this book goes beyond its organization of personal energy into physical, emotional, mental and physical energy. We have read most of these concepts before in the sales motivation literature. The book's practical value is in its advice about how to incorporate regular energy renewal routines into your life. Steven Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) calls this "sharpening the saw." These authors expand on the concept with a full range of suggestions and examples.

    The authors' studies of professional athletes have taught them two principles. One is that high performers work hard to stretch their limits and increase their capacity over the long term. This is not news. The second--and more interesting--lesson is that top athletes build replenishment into both their training and performance routines. In one example they describe a tennis player who uses breathing exercises to lower his heart rate between each set. They authors argue that this kind of renewal in the middle of the game is essential to high performance. And that it generalizes from athletes to the rest of us.

    I'm sufficiently convinced of the value of renewal rituals that I have used the book's advice to design two of my own. I have discovered an unexploited hour of time in the mornings between when I drop off my son at a before-school activity and when I must leave for work. It is just enough time to fit in 30 minutes of swimming that will help me face the day. I've also resumed an old habit to walk two extra miles toward home after work before getting on my commuter train. I hope that this will not only give me some additional exercise, but provide a buffer between the stresses of work and returning home. Both seem to be helping after two weeks. We'll see about the long-term.

    I advise borrowing this book--or audio book--from a library or a friend to see what good it has to offer. Frankly, I wouldn't buy it if I could borrow it....more info
  • Managing Energy with Rituals
    Excellent book. Reminds me of various theories and principles of learning and behavior that I agree with: Vygotsky's ZPD theory, Durkheim's theories about rituals and emotional energy, etc.

    I was so fascinated with the notion of "emotional energy" and "ritual" myself that I wanted to do my dissertation on it. Unfortunately, the subject was considered to be too "vague" and I changed the topic.

    Building new rituals of behavior is easier said than done, though. I know the concept elaborated in the book so well yet have found it difficult to practice on a consistent basis. Perhaps it'd be much easier when there's some sort of structure......more info

  • Tangible Peak Performance
    Loehr and Schwartz have individually worked most of their careers on researching how humans achieve peak performance, and have together written a summary of what they've discovered to date. What impressed me about this book is that it's 1) based on actual research rather than theory, and 2) written in a manner that is very easy to understand and implement.

    Loehr's work in the past centered around seeking the source of human capacity - what makes it possible for some people to perform at the highest levels even under extraordinary pressure. He's noteworthy for having started an institute that has worked over the years with many top athletes including Pete Sampras, Dan Jansen, Mark O'Meara, and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini among others. Schwart's background has involved understanding the nature of wisdom - what constitutes a satisfying, productive and well-lived life. Together they've developed a model for peak living that combines the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

    They state that which is obvious but not followed well by most of us Americans - that without physical energy and health it's impossible to follow the rest of our dreams and ambitions in life. In the physical realm their analysis specifically of top athletes shows that peak performance involves both a willingness to push the body to the limit, and also hugely importantly regular periods of rest and recovery. They apply this to the "corporate athlete" who is their target audience for the book with the following advice - seek out stressful situations that push your range of psychological muscles - AND find time regularly for recovery. They have specific recommendations for incorporating rest and recovery throughout every day. They say that in the work world we tend to live linearly - meaning working straight through long days - which results in low energy periods/burnout/unreleased stress/etc. I completely identified with this section of the book and am going to use many of their concepts successfully tested on successful athletes and include them in my business day planning.

    The book acknowledges that without a personal big "why" driving what you do in life having physical energy is pointless - with the opposite holding true as well. Plentiful physical energy without a reason for existence goes nowhere and a crystal clear purpose can't be lived out without ample physical energy to make it happen. As with all of the book the chapter on spiritual energy is filled with real life examples of people who have been through their institute and whom they've helped develop a game plan for overall life performance.

    The chapters on emotional and mental energy are really the glue that holds the physical and spiritual together - and are also interesting.

    The book finishes with a "resource" section that includes a summary of the main points they've made, worksheets on connecting with a big purpose and on connecting the small habits (little muscles) into bigger habits and successes (large muscles).

    A great read - stimulating - thought provoking - and possessing that rarest of information in today's world - some actual wisdom....more info

  • A different perspective. Yet quite knowledgeable and helpful!
    First of all, let's see whether you can accept the ideas below:-

    - Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance.
    - Capacity is a function of one's ability to expend and recover energy.
    - Every thought, feeling and action has an energy consequence.
    - Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources/capacity of energy: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual, defined respectively by quantity, quality, focus and force.

    If you intuitively feel okay with the above, the chance is high that you will find this book helpful like I do. Though I dont like the case studies from clients anonymous at all, I am impressed by the authors' frequent quote of research data, good writing skill and straight to the point style, not to mention those highly differentiated opinions. In short, if you are a self help book lover and receptive to new ideas, you will benefit a lot from this book.

    p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.

    To be fully engaged, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self interest. pg 5

    Epidemiologist David Snowdon in his study of 678 aging nuns in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Congregation suggests that a history of depression - the most insidious of all negative emotions - increase twofold the likelihood fo eventually developing Alzheimer's. pg 73

    Gallup found that one of the key factors in sustained performance is having at least one good friend at work. The pulse of a strong relationship involves a rhythmic movement between giving and taking, talking and listening, valuing the other person and feeling commensurately valued in return. pg 81

    The best way to build an emotional muscle, much like a physical muscle, is to push past your current comfort zone and then recover. pg 84

    The brain represents just 2% of the body's weight, but requires almost 25% of its oxygen. pg 96

    "Where are you when you get your best ideas?" - How to think like Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Gelb pg 96

    What allowed Cantor Fitzgerald's employees, the bond trading company which lost nearly everything in 911, to move forward. It's chairman, announced that 25% of any profits the firm earned during the subsequent five years would go to the families of employees who had lost their lives. This mobilized the remaining employees to fight for a purpose beyond themselves. The survivors became "a band of brothers". pg 111

    "He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how." Nietzsche pg 117

    In a study where women were asked to perform a breast self exam during the subsequent month, nearly 100% of those who designated when and where they would do the exam completed it. Only 53% of the second group did so, despite equally strong intentions to conduct the exam. pg 175

    Practice makes perfect only if the practice is perfect - or at least aims for perfection. pg 176...more info
  • How to make the most of yourself
    Full Engagement provides viable information in the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual realms. Our energy level is a key factor in achieving performance, and this book does a great job of integrating the various elements of performamce. To optimize the valuable information in this book, I recommend you read Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self by Rosalene Glickman Ph.D. In the Optimal Thinking corporate world and self help community, we no longer strive for management (based on mediocre thinking) or high performance (based on extraordinary thinking.) We focus on optimization and do our best. Dr. Steven Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommends Optimal Thinking. He believes: "Optimal Thinking beautifully convinces and illustrates why 'the enemy of the best is the good.' Insightfully, it blends and synthesizes idealistic and realistic thinking, left- and right-brain cognition, analysis and creative intuition, acceptance and optimism. A superb treatment of the idea of Personal Best." Read each of these books and pass them along....more info
  • At the end of your rope? Here's why and how to fix it.
    This book has great ideas for overworked, time-crunched, stressed-out professionals in all walks of life. You'll accomplish more if you read this and actually implement Loehr's suggestions.

    I got the audio version & listen frequently when driving. I need frequent reminders!

    Many people are miserable and don't seem to know why--it's an easy trap to fall into. This book helps you figure out what's zapping your energy, decide how you want to spend your energy, and renew your energy.

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  • Best Self-Help Book EVER!!
    I have read a lot of self-help books, and none of them have ever broken things down into small enough steps so you could actually DO what they're encouraging you to do!! It's like the self-help of Self-Help books. So besides having a lot of GREAT and innovative ideas, it's also very practical as well....more info
  • A Must Read!
    Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz offer a lot of solid, common sense advice. The authors recommend going to bed and getting up at a consistent time - not exactly Ben Franklin's "early to bed, early to rise," but close. They recommend regular exercise. They say it's good to work and to rest, and each has its place. They say to examine yourself and try to see yourself as others see you. In other words, they recommend many time-honored techniques of physical, mental and spiritual growth,combined with prioritizing how you use your energy and how you recharge your batteries. This attitude makes the book unique. The principles may be ancient, but we find the vehicle distinctly contemporary, a combo of New Age jargon and workout-style performance charting, with (at last) a key to time management that makes sense and captures all areas of one's life. Some readers will find that thrilling, others will groan....more info
  • Excellent Pointers on Cleaning up One's Act
    Very good book good content. A few of the chapters could be cut down is size and still provide that same data. Would also have liked some more practical content like more food recomendations, handling medication, stress reduction tips. other than that. I've started my program and I think it's helping. Be it either more positive approach and feeling I'm in control or the stuff works. Either way I think this was $20 well spent....more info
  • Missing Ingredients to Over the Top Performance Found
    Sometimes the simple is overlooked. This book pulls some of the basic concepts about managing energy and achieving amazing results together in a creative and systematic way. There are so many elements of this book that are refreshing and exciting.
    This book provides information which is both cutting edge and practical. This book offers a solid, systematic and yet holistic approach to obtaining peak performance in a way that is easy to follow but potent. As a professional coach, this is certainly on my must read list for my clients. This is the book for you if you are looking for and are ready to embrace tools to assist you in capturing that extra edge between ordinary and extraordinary! I think all success minded professionals should read and implement the system of this book....more info
  • Rest has had a bad rap!
    This book reinforces the importance of rest. The authors speak of managing energy rather than time and eschew the benefits of taking strategic breaks all day long. When I do this, I am more productive, more energized. When I plow through a day from morning to night without a break, my ability to complete tasks lag. The Power of Full Engagement explained why this was so and gave me helpful coping strategies to manage my wavering energy levels....more info
  • Ambition without peak energy is useless. Read this book if you want to be in the top 1% of peak performers.
    The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life

    The Power of Full Engagement definitely makes the The 1% Club's Top Ten List!

    Ambition without peak energy is useless. This book by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz uses an athletic metaphor to illustrate how easy it is to mismanage our energy reserves, but also, how this can be corrected. This has been required reading form my clients since its release in 2003.

    You will find case studies that are easy to relate to and simple, straightforward action steps to address the real energy crisis. This book is loaded with great content and has excellent chapter summaries and a complete recap at the end of the book.

    Here is one key point that you should study further: "Most of us are under trained physically and spiritually (not enough stress) and over trained mentally and emotionally (not enough recovery)." Grab the highlighter! ...more info
  • A definitive guide for energy optimization
    I started life as an energetic optimist, but after many disappointments, my energy and enthusiasm waned. This book shows you how to reverse this downward trend and optimize your energy. With more energy available, you are more inclined to express your talents, and experience greater success. The strategies offered in this book will increase the quality of your life. To learn how to be use your disturbing emotions as optimization signals and optimize your emotional, personal and business life, read Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self as well....more info
  • Perfect for the retiree living alone.
    Those of us who are retired and not living with others are a perfect market for this book. Without jobs or family members making demands on us, with most of our time our own, we can fall into habits that work against us: watching TV at all hours of the day and night, sleeping erratically and at all hours, napping during the day even when we're not tired.

    This book provides us with both the rationale and the know-how for setting up routines that can transform our lives. After decades of productivity, I found myself rattling around the house wondering,"What am I DOING with my life?". With nothing pressing, my "well-earned rest" turned into an unfocused waste of time and an uncomfortable feeling that I was wasting my life. My mood started to sink, as did my energy.

    This book has galvanized me to action. I started with bedtime and arising routines, which quickly led to an exercise routine, then regularly scheduled meals. My energy has returned - I feel like the "old me"! - and my time is now filled with pleasurable and stimulating activities. This book has stopped me from growing old, and I am extremely grateful....more info

  • Awesome Book
    If you feel like you're not enjoying all life has to offer, than get this book....more info
  • Perform Like An Athlete
    Since we hear so much about the challenges of time management, I really enjoyed the "paradigm" of energy management. The authors' use of illustrations with professional athletes helped drive home the point about how business professionals can apply the same principles. While reading, I took the free energy management inventory and recommend that others do, too. I found taking the exercises at the end to be quite beneficial to my own discernment and definition of purpose. Make the time to read this book!...more info
  • Don't waste your time or money
    According to the authors, the main idea behind achieving "full engagement" is to maximize your physical and mental recovery. The only thing this book provides are obvious suggestions for doing so. ("get enough sleep and exercise", Duh!) It is basically a book of case studies on how various professionals have implemented the "program". Don't waste your time or money; skim through it at the bookstore and do some internet research and you, too, can become "fully engaged"....more info
  • Power of Full Engagement - The Choice is Yours
    An extremely practical guide to full engagement through the management of personal energy. The book explains in detail how to get the most of life through the choices we make. It is heaped with case studies to illustrate the dynamics of personal energy. It provides a holistic approach to getting the most of life through an awareness of physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy. An easy read that will engage anyone interested in living a fuller life....more info
  • Sleep, exercise and get the right mindset
    I enjoyed reading this easy to read book because it provides a balanced perspective of how to conserve energy and use it properly to take care of the body, mind and spirit. The suggestions offered are fairly easy to implement. I think this book should be read along with Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self, where I learned how to make the most of my mind, any situation, my career and life. Both books offer valuable information, and together, provide a comprehensive focus on how to be our best in this life....more info
  • Time is Potential Freedom. Energy is Real Liberty!
    Time is potential freedom. Energy gives you real liberty. The true currency of our life is not the hours, but what we put in those hours. We can systematically increase our capability and productivity by increasing our energy. This book shows you how.

    A great myth of our society is that humans are supposed to function as machines--working constantly, simultaneously, and consistently.

    In reality, humans work by having energy expenditure periods and energy recovery periods. It is like working out. You have to stress the muscle sufficiently to make it grow. Then, you have to allow time for it to actually recover.

    If you stress the muscle too little, it won't ever grow. If you stress the muscle too much, it will get injured. You have to find the right amount. Happiness is always a stretch outside your comfort zone.

    It is doing our recovery periods that we actually grow. Most people work for 8 hours at 50% capability. It is better to work in 90 minute cycles of 100% productivity with 30 minute rest periods in between. Three cycles of short sprints will give you 4.5 hours of 100% results compared to 4 hours with the 8 hours at 50%.

    Life is a marathon, and interval training (full sprints and full rest) is the best way to run it.

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  • Well worth the time
    I work as a stress management trainer for humanitarian relief and development workers around the world, so I've read a lot of self-help books in my time. This is one of the best I've read. Beautifully structured, it's finely balanced between research, anecdotes and application. It kept my attention throughout, and most pages now have highlighter on them. It's well worth the time to read and will challenge you gently, but firmly, to assess your priorities and how you are living your life. ...more info
  • Best book on surviving corporate life!
    I've shared this book with about 7 other people. Great book to give to friends who have lost their work/life balance - and a good reminder for myself....more info
  • A Phenomenal Toolkit for Renewal
    I have referred thousands of clients and audience members to this book, as it is one of the best toolkits for personal renewal and professional peak performance. The combination of practical suggestions, research-based principles, and case studies makes the content both accessible and enjoyable to read. It's an outstanding book that creates outstanding outcomes for its readers....more info
  • lots of fluff
    This is a book about managing and developing your energy and apply it to life and work. Every person has different biorhythms, and the concept is that to accomplish what you want, you need to train your body to maximize your energy when you need it, just as an athlete trains everyday to get the job done when it counts. The Power of Full Engagement was full of common sense and anecdotal stories of how other people 'trained' to manage their energy (fluff).

    There was nothing new in the book, if you have read other self-help or motivation books. I also felt like this book was written to promote the author's institute that trained several high-profile athletes too many times....more info

  • Nothing new
    This is one of those books that are way longer than they should be. Even worst, it doesn't provide anything new if you are a regular reader of self-help books.

    According to the book, you should manage energy, not time. Rather vague suggestion. Do you even know what it is talking about? Let me explain. There are four types of energy: 1) physical 2) emotional 3) mental 4) spiritual. Physical energy refers to action. Emotional energy refers to positive thinking. Mental energy refers to focus. Spiritual energy refers to a buring desire. Ah. For those who are Napoleon Hill fans, you would know what I'm talking about. Action, positive attitude, focus, and a buring desire are ingredients for success according to Hill's famous book, "Think and Grow Rich". This book is "Think and Grow Rich" in sheep's clothing.

    Since Loehr is into fitness, he believes our brain needs exercise just like our biceps. This exercise would be stress. Stress would be good for our brains just like weight training is good for our muscles. And like our muscles, the brain needs periods of rest to re-energize. I have just summarize the first 100 pages. The next 100 pages, part II, describes a three-step approach for change: 1) Purpose - what do you want to do 2) Truth - what are you doing wrong 3) Action - change it. Following these steps will develop a ritual - something you don't have to waste energy thinking about doing since it's automatic. Essentially, he is teaching us to make a habit of doing things. I think I just summarize the whole book in one sentence.

    You should be warned that there are some data mining in this book. I was only able to catch it because I'm an avid tennis fan. Loehr explains the importance of being positive and uses Jimmy Conners as an example. For exuding positive energy on the tennis court, Conners was able to play his best tennis even at a later age as opposed to John McEnroe who is always negative on the court. Loehr then uses Conners' run to the semis at the US Open as an example, but fails to mention that the next year, McEnroe was just as impressive by reaching the semis at Wimbledon! I don't think his use of Conners as an example is convincing at all. What this really shows is that just as there is no substitute for hard work and a good positive attitude, there is also no substitute for raw talent. McEnroe has much more talent than Conners and because of that, was able to be so good at the game DESPITE his negative energy on the court....more info

  • Don't buy this book
    This books in three sentences:

    1. Exercise
    2. Eat well
    3. Keep time for yourself

    That's it. Common sense. I don't need a book to know that....more info

    One major disagreement I have with the author is that LIFE IS A MARATHON and not a series of sprints as he suggests. His assumption is wrong and that's where his model crumbles like a cookie. In real life, we experience constant stress; it's the same experience we have running a marathon. We have a goal, we pace ourselves, we hydrate and nourish, we dig deep, and finally go for the finishing kick! That's how we want to live our lives. We want to win and everybody loves a winner!

    There's no real sense of victory in sprints, only a fleeting rush of adrenaline. A lot of factors can influence how and when we finish a sprint. These factors can spell the difference of a few milliseconds. But a marathon is brutally frank. You either finish it or you don't; it's up to how much you've trained for it and how much you really want it. Pure guts and glory, and no excuses. That's what life is, isn't it?...more info
  • Develop positive habits through rituals, increase your endurance and energy using a stress - recovery method.
    The most important messages in this book / audio CD are those about using positive rituals to break bad habits and develop positive ones and about increasing our energy and physical / emotional endurance by using a stress - recovery method.

    In contrast to many self help books that tell us what to do and not to do to organize our lives better and succeed, this book titled the Power of Full Engagement introduces among others the concept of changing behavior for good through the power of positive rituals. There are lots of good ideas in many self help books but we usually are dissapointed after a few attempts to apply them and give up concluding that the advice in the self help books don't work. Many people make new year's resolutions every year, the most common are to quit smoking, lose weight and to start exercise. Most people try hard in vain during the first few days of the new year, fail to change their behaviors and give up until the next new year's eve when they make new year's resolutions again which will most probably have the same fate. The reason according to the authors is that will power and self control are inefficient ways to eliminate unwanted negative behavior and to develop new positive habits. Because trying to change behavior through concious self control and will power requires energy that is quickly depleted. Habits on the other hand, whether good or bad require no thinking, they are automatic and therefore require no concious effort nor energy. The way to develop good habits is through positive rituals, not by fighting old behavior. Let us say a person wants to start exercising, that is a new habit for him. If he / she makes an excessively ambitious program it is very unlikely that he will be able to apply it. Alternatively he can make a ritual to start lightly and increase it incrementally. A positive ritual has four characteristics : 1 ) it is done at a specific time and place ( eg : on Wednesdays at 19 :00 in a gym 2 ) it is connected to the person's deep values about life 3 ) it is introduced gradually and increased incrementally.4 ) performance against plans must be checked regularly. If the person tries to give up smoking, start a diet, start exrecise, contact old friends, and many other goals at the same time he is likely to be overwhelmed and crash, the fate of most new year resolutionists. By contrast the method of introducing gradual and incremental positive rituals makes possible the development of good habits or to quit bad habits that we tried but gave up on in the past. I have already made such a positive rituals plan since the beginning of 2009 and so far by mid February it seems to work fine.

    The other important point of increasing one's endurance and energy by stressing ourselves beyond our comfort zone ( without forcing too much ) and then allowing rest for recovery is a concept developed originally in sports. The authors in fact say they have applied this with success on many famous sports people and believe that the same principle applies to emotions and the mind. One major reason why many people are depleted by daily chores is that they do not recharge their batteries by allowing rest ( recovery ) during their hectic days and nights. Like an athlete who strengthens his / her muscles by stressing them first and then lets them rest for 48 hours during when the muscles recover and get stronger we can do the same thing mentally and spiritually. The authors give a lot of interesting vignettes for this but I think the method to apply stress and recovery emotionally and spiritually should have been explained more clearly. An action plan would have been helpful, it is lacking. Instead the reader is supposed to derive what to do from the many vignettes. This is quite difficult and risks misunderstanding by the readers because a step by step action plan is not given.

    The advice to eat well, sleep well, exercise, make a mission statement, find a purpose in life etc. are not new and are based to a large extent on the books " Man's Search for a meaning " by Victor Frankl and " The 7 habits of highly effective people " by Stephen Covey. In fact the author of the present book quotes them several times. Those are also excellent books that must be read, they explain those concepts much better than this book.

    The authors say they increased the performance of many famous tennis players through the stress - recovery principle. As a tennis player myself I wonder what is there for these consultants to do with professional tennis players ? Explaining the stress - recovery method takes just a few minutes so what is there to work on for many weeks ?

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  • Ideas worthy of incorporating into your life
    In the realm of self-help and self-renewal books, I would describe myself as curious but skeptical. So often authors don't deliver on their promises and claims. Despite its self-helpish title, I think this book provides a fresh look at personal renewal and practical solutions that are carefully described in the lives of the people they talk about. It's written to address overworked executives, but it applies to anyone whose life is OUT OF BALANCE. You may not relate to the stories of the executive life, but the tools are thoughtful and invaluable. Using rituals is an old idea, but in the context of managing energy, it takes on greater significance. I finished the book with a sense of joy that I could accomplish so much more than I thought just by managing my energy better. Highly recommended....more info
    Full engagment is achieved when four sources of energy (primary capacities)-physical, emotional, mental and spiritual-supported by a variety of habits, are all positive in quality and strong, yielding vigor, confidence, a sense of challenge, joyfulness and connectedness. The book shows how people can reach this zone of full engagement (physically energized, mentally focused, emotionally connected, and spiritually aligned).

    The book can be used as a basic guide to self development and the coaching others. This work presents an engaging new paradigm, useful in understanding organization as a reservoir of energy, and how to tap into its potential. Part II of the book presents a training system for realizing this potential on an organization-wide basis. An excellent book in content and scope....more info
  • Engaging.
    The book, The Power of Full Engagement, had me fully engaged. Without a doubt, next to the book, The Little Guide To Happiness, it is one of the best book on personal renewal going. Hands down....more info
  • The Real Deal- these guys have got it right
    Jim Loehr is a genuine and committed psychologist and renowned sports psychologist. He and Tony Schwartz run the Human Performance Institute. This work distils their years of experience and I think they have clearly hit the nail on the head.

    Empowerment and positive psychology is an elusive goal, and there are many ra-ra pretenders in the field. This however is mature, thoughtful, committed, professional and skilful. One can start with the free questionnaire on the website. Then move to the book. It all has the genuine feel and gives practical direction as to how to progress. Above all it tells you where the problems are, so that time and energy are not wasted where they are not needed.

    These guys have got it right. This book is useful, productive and full of sensible advice....more info
  • Re-energizing
    Excellent book with some practical explanations about how to personally operate effectively. Anyone who is really seeking to understand this book will learn something they can use for improvement. It is a must for everyone's reading list and bookshelf, right next to Covey, Bennis, Warren....more info
  • Fantastic! Easy to read with practical application...
    The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz is great book that offers good information and practical recommendations which are easy to implement. The authors share real examples throughout the book that almost anyone can relate to their own daily life. I love the balance of energy - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. If you aren't happy with your life - feeling stressed, overworked, down on power, missing something, ... - read this book! With an open mind and a desire to change, you will find useful information that you can immediately begin to use to change your life. ...more info
  • Excellent Call to Manage Energy Instead of Just Time
    As the authors convincingly explain, our most precious resource is energy - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. After convincing us with true stories, examples, and statistics, that we need to focus on managing our energy so that we can reduce our stress and live more satisying and significant lives, the authors present a straight forward training program to lead the reader to define purpose, face the truth about what he or she is currently doing, and then take action on positive rituals to form positive life-changing habits. The personal development plan at the conclusion of the book is a well-designed set of exercises to help the reader apply the principles learned in the book to move from theory to action. ...more info
  • Lifestyle change is the key to Success!!
    The key to sustained success and high performance is lifestyle change and that is what this book teaches you. I would also highly recommend that you combine this book with another excellent new book that just came out titled "The Power of Positive Habits" which shows you how to become more successful through the acquistion of positive habits....more info
  • Essential "Energy Management" Manifesto
    As opposed to simple time management, this book covers the much-neglected dimension of energy management, arguing that it's more effective to focus on structuring your energy to optimize your productivity and your experience. To do this, the four dimensions of energy are covered (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), and exercises and scorecards are provided to help you gauge yourself in these areas.

    One powerful insight I took away from the book was the idea that self-will, discipline, is very hard to maintain for a sustained period of time (which is why indefinite resolutions to "do better" in some area often tank after a few weeks). Instead of making vague self-promises, it's better to design specific rituals that embody the values you desire to be primary in your life. They have examples of specific rituals they've helped design for people whose chief struggles are a) being focused, or b) stressed, and c) etcetera. A ritual is a specific sequence of steps done at a specific time of day, on a regular schedule. The idea is to preplan the rituals so you don't think too hard about them, and they become habits that help you stay on track and reenergize. Good to think about!...more info
  • Engaged!
    This book provides a well organized framework for us human beings to manage our energy by defining its sources first on the dimensions of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Physical energy's source is primarily food, breathing, sleep and exercise. Mental energy is most optimal when we strive to be realistic optimists (we are what we eat AND what we think.) Emotional energy relies on all the facets of emotional intelligence including trust. Last and not least as spiritual energy is the starting point for all this energy; very secularly put, the energy of the spirit is all about core values beyond self interests. The authors also show us how we can create positive habits, or rituals to enrich these sources of energy. After reading this book and realizing that I do strive to tap into all four of these sources I was better able to define one of my own core competencies; I would think most employers want someone who is indeed fully engaged!...more info


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