Book Description

The importance of achieving focus goes well beyond your own productivity. Deep focus allows you to lead others successfully, find clarity amid uncertainty, and heighten your sense of professional fulfillment.

Yet the forces that challenge sustained focus range from dinging phones to office politics to life's everyday worries. This book explains how to strengthen your ability to focus, manage your team's attention, and break the cycle of distraction.

This volume includes the work of:

  • Daniel Goleman
  • Heidi Grant
  • Amy Jen Su
  • Rasmus Hougaard


The HBR Emotional Intelligence Series features smart, essential reading on the human side of professional life from the pages of Harvard Business Review. Each book in the series offers proven research showing how our emotions impact our work lives, practical advice for managing difficult people and situations, and inspiring essays on what it means to tend to our emotional well-being at work. Uplifting and practical, these books describe the social skills that are critical for ambitious professionals to master.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. 1. The Focused Leader
  7. 2. Break the Cycle of Stress and Distraction by Using Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. 3. To Improve Your Focus, Notice How You Lose It
  9. 4. What to Do When You’re Feeling Distracted at Work
  10. 5. How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To
  11. 6. Productivity Tips for People Who Hate Productivity Tips
  12. 7. 5 Ways to Focus Your Energy During a Work Crunch
  13. 8. Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem
  14. 9. How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day
  15. 10. Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus
  16. Index