5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

Book description

Be present, connect more effectively, all while being as productive as possible 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time teaches you to shift into the right gear at the right time so that you can grow in your relational intelligence and increase your influence. This revolutionary text introduces you to the five different gears, or mindsets, that carry you through various facets of your day. These include:

  • First gear—when you fully rest and recharge

  • Second gear—when you connect with family or friends without the involvement of work

  • Third gear—when you are socializing

  • Fourth gear—when you are working and multi-tasking

  • Fifth gear—when you are fully focused and 'in the zone,' working without interruption

  • Using these gears consistently allows you to bring a new level of relational intelligence to your life that offers a competitive advantage in our task-driven world.

    All too often people go through life without truly connecting—and can, as a result, miss out on experiences and relationships that have the power to bring them great joy. By understanding how the five gears presented in this engaging book work, you can improve your ability to connect with the world around you.

  • Explore why some people stay disconnected from the people and events around them, and why others always seem to have a deep connection to their friends, family, and surroundings

  • Learn how to set triggers and markers that help you shift into the right gears at the right time, which will increase your relational dynamics and make you more productive

  • Create positive change in the dynamics of your relationships

  • Improve your respect and influence—and learn a sign language that, when used, can change your perspective and your world.

  • 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to live and lead connected.

    Table of contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Introduction
    6. Section One: Connectivity
      1. Chapter 1: Driving Too Fast
        1. Running People Over
        2. Social Miscues
        3. Disconnections
      2. Chapter 2: Reality Check
        1. Pain of the Crash
        2. What Could Be?
    7. Section Two: 5 Gears for Practical Connection
      1. Chapter 3: Getting in Gear
        1. Healthy and Unhealthy Gears
        2. Using Language to Connect
        3. How the 5 Gears Saved an iPhone and Improved a Marriage
      2. Chapter 4: 5th Gear—In the Zone
        1. Getting into Overdrive
        2. Rethinking the Open Door Policy
        3. Stuck in 5th Gear
        4. Missing Out
        5. Healthy and Unhealthy 5th Gear
        6. Teaching Others How to Use 5th Gear
        7. Getting 5th Gear into Your Life
        8. The 5th Gear Challenge
      3. Chapter 5: 4th Gear—Leading in a Task World
        1. Waking Up in 4th Gear
        2. What 4th Gear Does to Our Brains and Our Work
        3. The Different 4th Gears—Work and Home
        4. What It Is Like to Be on the Other Side of 4th Gear
        5. Reprioritizing What Really Matters
        6. Why Using All the Gears Makes 4th More Productive
        7. The 4th Gear Challenge
      4. Chapter 6: 3rd Gear—Why Being Social Matters
        1. Why Business Happens in 3rd Gear
        2. Learn to Be Curious
        3. Ideas versus People, Places, or Things
        4. How 3rd Gear Can Increase Your Influence
        5. What Happens When You Avoid 3rd Gear
        6. For Those Still Stuck in 4th and 5th Gear
        7. How to Help Others Get into 3rd Gear
        8. Overdoing 3rd Gear
        9. The 3rd Gear Challenge
      5. Chapter 7: 2nd Gear—Connecting Deeply
        1. Why Is It So Hard to Get to 2nd Gear?
        2. Learning to Connect
        3. What Happens When Everyone Is in 2nd Gear?
        4. Truly Being Present
        5. Back to the Real World
        6. 2nd Gear in a 4th Gear Culture
        7. The 2nd Gear Challenge
      6. Chapter 8: 1st Gear—Learning to Recharge
        1. How We Recharge: Battery Pack or Solar Panel
        2. What Recharge Looks Like for You
        3. Rest as Your Secret Weapon
        4. Why a Day of Recharge Is Smart
        5. Is Crashing Recharging?
        6. How Leaders Can Schedule Rest
        7. Is 1st Gear Worth It?
        8. The 1st Gear Challenge
      7. Chapter 9: Reverse—Being Responsive in a Resistant World
        1. Do You Know How to Apologize?
        2. What Reverse Does to Influence
        3. Why Self-Preservation Undermines Influence
        4. How to Say I Am Sorry
        5. The Reverse Challenge
      8. Chapter 10: Ranking Your Gear Order
        1. What Is Your Gear Order?
        2. Gear Order Under Stress
        3. Introvert/Extrovert Gear Order
        4. Understanding Others' Gear Order
    8. Section Three: Living and Leading Connected
      1. Chapter 11: Master Your Settings—Right Time, Right Place
        1. The Right Time
        2. The Right Place
        3. 5 Circles of Influence
        4. What Is Your Approach to Connecting?
        5. Putting It Together
      2. Chapter 12: Shifting Well—Learning How to Transition
        1. Practice, Practice, Practice
        2. Using Markers as Trigger Points
        3. Shifting from Work to Home
        4. When Transitions Are Complex
        5. Language to Help Others Transition Well
        6. Highlighting Your Transitions
        7. Is Neutral a Gear?
      3. Chapter 13: Intentional versus Accidental
        1. What Does Investment Look Like?
        2. Leading Your Life Intentionally
        3. Intentional Work
      4. Chapter 14: Making the U-Turn—Challenge and Plan
        1. Your Personal Challenge
        2. Helping Others Mark the Changes
      5. Chapter 15: What Is Your Story?
        1. Writing Your Story
        2. It's Your Turn
    9. Transformational Leadership Resources
    10. About GiANT Worldwide
    11. Acknowledgments
    12. Index
    13. End User License Agreement

    Product information

    • Title: 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: September 2015
    • Publisher(s): Wiley
    • ISBN: 9781119111153