The health of our brain, as measured through cognitive health domains such as “executive function”, is the single most important aspect of our overall health. In business, good cognitive health enables you to go beyond simply coping, to managing and leading. For a fully functioning brain enables us to operate to our highest capacity and reach optimum performance. Improved cognitive health allows us to become sharp, accurate, confident, precise, attentive, a source of wisdom and a bundle of energy.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key cognitive health domains and how they impact your ability to operate at your best. You will understand the importance of each domain in order for you to maximize your cognitive health and be your best – or to have the best executive function.
The ultimate guide to understanding your cognition – and how to enhance your business performance.
The book draws upon the most recent findings and thinking in the area of cognitive health.
Drawing on 200 years of physicological research to understand key domains of cognitive health – especially “executive function”, the key to business success.
Contains 50 practical tips and exercises to help improve your cognition and executive function.
A breakthrough book for managers and business people of all levels who are seeking greater performance.
Publisher: LID Publishing
FORMAT: 216 x 138mm
Bookbinding: paperback w/ flaps
Number of pages: 256
Keiron Sparrowhawk is a former neuroscientist and founder and CEO of MyCognition, a consultancy that specializes in improving the cognitive health of managers and executives.
In their 2016 report The Future of Jobs, the World Economic Forum highlighted that cognitive skills are becoming the skill most required by employers by 2020. A book which highlights how you can develop these vital skills in a clear and informative way is well-timed. Within MBA programmes personality and aptitude have been de rigour for many years and it is well known why this is critical in order to help develop personal and professional performance. Keiron Sparrowhawk’s contribution to an extension of this to the understanding of Executive Functioning is warmly welcomed as a means to simply and clearly build this complex and important area into MBA programmes of the future.
Dr Kellie Vincent, Principal Lecturer – MBA Director, Westminster Business School
This thoughtful integration of cognitive expertise with illustrative managerial case studies provides a unique opportunity to deepen one’s self-awareness as well as to assimilate practical and effective strategies to improve executive performance and strengthen leadership abilities. A must read for those facing the personal challenge of growing their business.
Dr Linda Allan, Academic Director, Bioscience Enterprise programme, University of Cambridge
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