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Power Up Your Mind

Learn Faster, Work Smarter

Bill Lucas

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey, 2001 , 264 pages

ISBN: 1-85788-275-X

Keywords: Human Resources


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Drawing on research from a wide variey of subject areas, from neuroscience to psychology, from motivation theory to accelerated learning, from memory to diet, Power Up Your Mind shows how everyone has the capacity to succeed and how most people only use a very small portion of their talents.

For learning to be effective, an understanding of how the brain works is essential and unlike much recent thinking on how the mind, Lucas connects an understanding of the brain with the reality of the workplace and translates what we know about the brain into useful insights for work.

Table of Contents:

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  • Introduction
  • Part I: Get READY to Learn: Going beneath the surface
    1. Unpacking Your Mind
      • Taking your mind out of its box
      • Your three brains
      • Your divided brain
      • Close-up on your brain
      • Five key principles
      • Brain or mind?
      • Brain food
      • Laughter, music, and sleep
      • Nearly unpacked
      • A day in the life of Annie’s brain
      • Unpacking your mind — in a nutshell
    2. Getting Ready to Learn
      • Checking your emotional readiness
      • Curiosity and emotional state
      • A hierarchy of emotional needs
      • Reading your own moods
      • An emotionally confusing world
      • Raising self-esteem
      • Learned optimism and the three Ps
      • The joined-up revolution
      • Mens sana in corpore sano
      • Brain gym
      • Getting to the spiritual dimension
      • A new sixth sense?
      • Getting ready to learn — in a nutshell
    3. Switching On Your Mind
      • Understanding your fundamental drives
      • Rewarding your own learning
      • A formula for motivation to learn
      • Motivation and the mind
      • Getting the big picture
      • Balancing challenge and threat
      • The importance of where you learn
      • Who you learn with
      • Getting your learning environment ready
      • The pressures of life
      • Overcoming barriers to learning
      • Switching on your mind — in a nutshell
  • Part II: GO For It: Becoming a competent learner
    1. Learnacy
      • Understanding yourself as a learner
      • Learning to use new techniques: the 5Rs
      • Learning about learning
      • The learning cycle
      • Different types of learning
      • Learnacy — in a nutshell
    2. Understanding Yourself as a Learner
      • How you take in information
      • Dealing with information
      • Working out your learning style
      • Learning styles and information preferences
      • Learning styles and meetings
      • Understanding yourself as a learner — in a nutshell
    3. Resourcefulness
      • Getting the big picture
      • Tuning in your mind
      • Breaking down your learning
      • Learning by imitation
      • Learning online
      • Extending your range
      • Resourcefulness — in a nutshell
    4. Remembering
      • Understanding how your memory works
      • Types of memory
      • Key memory principles
      • Memory pegs
      • The importance of where you are
      • Muttering
      • Making regular deposits in your memory bank
      • Your sleeping mind
      • Remembering — in a nutshell
    5. Resilience
      • Persistence
      • Being an adventurer
      • Dealing with difficulties
      • Handling confusion
      • Resilience — in a nutshell
    6. Harnessing Your Creativity
      • Inspiration, ideas, and learning
      • The characteristics of creative people
      • The value of ideas
      • Multiple intelligences
      • The multiple intelligence workplace
      • Barriers to creativity
      • Making connections
      • Creative thinking
      • A world of possibility
      • Harnessing your creativity — in a nutshell
    7. The Case for Learning at Work
      • Six reasons it pays to learn
      • The case for learning at work — in a nutshell
  • Part III: STEADY As You Go: Putting learning into practice
    1. Living and Learning
      • Putting learning into action
      • Change and the brain
      • Living and learning — in a nutshell
    2. Reflectiveness
      • The science of reflecting
      • The craft of reflecting
      • Making reflection normal
      • Overcoming the barriers to reflecting
      • A reflective world
      • Reflectiveness — in a nutshell
    3. Responsiveness
      • The feelings of change
      • Responding to change
      • Responsive learning
      • Responsiveness — in a nutshell
    4. Balancing Your Life
      • A life balance quiz
      • Controlling stress
      • A different kind of life planning
      • Balancing your life — in a nutshell
    5. Making Time for Learning
      • Making learning normal
      • Why you need a learning practitioner
      • Making a personal learning action plan
      • Making time for learning — in a nutshell
  • Part IV: Useful Information
  • An A-Z of brain-based approaches to life and work
  • Troubleshooting
  • Resources


Power Up Your Mind

by Roland Buresund last modified 2011-02-22 09:45

Rating: ***** (OK)

It is OK to read, but if it is effective, I don't know.

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