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The Power of Full Engagement

Posted - May 19, 2003 at 9:28 a.m.



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THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT By Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource. So – how do we manage our energy? This is the subject of the must-read advice book of the summer – The Power of Full Engagement.

The authors, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, are the founders of LGE Performance Systems, a company that coaches professional athletes and corporate CEOs. Loehr and Schwartz explain in their book that we all could learn something from watching athletes because athletes understand the importance of recovery time. Tennis players who walk away from the net, tweaking their racket strings, bouncing the ball, are actually using that time to recover their breath and heart rate. Supervisors would be wise to not only allow, but encourage their employees to build in recovery time so that they come back to their tasks with increased creativity and focus.

The Power of Full Engagement explains that the skillful management of energy, individually and organizationally, makes possible something the authors call full engagement. Full engagement involves physical energy, emotional connectedness, mental focus and spiritual alignment with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest. How do we achieve full engagement? We create positive rituals. The more scheduled and systematic the rituals, the more renewal they provide.

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz’ hardcover advice bestseller is The Power of Full Engagement. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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