Thursday, February 11, 2016

Caroline Webb, author of "How to Have a Good Day," management consultant and executive coach joined me Monday at 9:30am!

Did you miss Caroline Webb on today's show? Listen to our conversation here!
New findings in behavioral science are giving us a better understanding of how our brains work, why we make the choices we do, and what it takes for us to be at our best. But it’s been challenging to see how to apply these insights in the real world—until now.
In HOW TO HAVE A GOOD DAY economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb shows readers how to use recent discoveries from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life. She translates three big scientific ideas (the Two-System Brain; the Discover-Defend Axis; and the Mind-Body Loop) into step-by-step guidance that enables us to ace each of our tasks and conversations, even when we’re feeling under pressure. Webb gives us specific tools to navigate the typical challenges of modern workplaces—from conflict with colleagues to dull meetings and packed inboxes—with skill and ease. And she shows us exactly how to build these science-based techniques into our daily routines to give us more control over the quality of our days.

HOW TO HAVE A GOOD DAY is arranged around seven practices that are central to having a good day:
  • PRIORITIES: Setting Intentional Direction for Your Day
  • PRODUCTIVITY: Making the Hours in Your Day Go Further
  • RELATIONSHIPS: Making the Most of Every Interaction
  • THINKING: Being Your Smartest, Wisest, Most Creative Self
  • INFLUENCE: Maximizing the Impact of All You Say and Do
  • RESILIENCE: Sailing Through Setbacks and Annoyances
  • ENERGY: Boosting Your Enthusiasm and Enjoyment
Caroline Webb has worked with hundreds of businesses to help their leaders and employees be more productive, energized, and successful at work—first as a partner at McKinsey, where she worked for more than a decade and continues to serve as an advisor, and now as CEO of Sevenshift. As an economist and a renowned executive coach trained in psychology and neuroscience, she has both academic credentials and years of hands-on practical experience in designing science-based interventions to help people thrive. As a result, her new book, How to Have a Good Day, is a powerful blend of science, stories, and practical steps that readers can immediately apply in their own lives.

Filled with examples of people who have used Webb’s insights to boost their job satisfaction and performance at work, HOW TO HAVE A GOOD DAY is the book so many people wanted when they finished Nudge, Blink, and Thinking Fast and Slow and were looking for practical ways to apply this fascinating science to their own lives and careers. Finally, there is an engaging book of real scientific merit that offers the trustworthy advice we need to improve our day.
A remarkable and much-needed book, HOW TO HAVE A GOOD DAY gives us the tools we need to have a lifetime of good days.

Caroline Webb is a management consultant and executive coach who has spent fifteen years at McKinsey and at her own firm, Sevenshift, showing clients how to use behavioral science to boost their professional effectiveness. An Oxford- and Cambridge-trained economist, Webb and her work have been featured in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, Forbes, and on the BBC.

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