Smarter, Sharper Thinking, 2nd Edition

Book description

Boost your brain and gain an edge in everything you do.

Smarter Sharper Thinking reveals how you can expand your brain's capability to think well under stress, to focus and get more out of your day, to be more creative and innovative, and to prepare you for future challenges.

Utilising the latest neuro-scientific principles, Dr Jenny Brockis shows how you can increase your brain fitness by developing a habit-changing plan to get more done with less effort.

In 12 key areas, Smarter Sharper Thinking presents simple, action-based principles that can be readily incorporated into your daily routines to train your brain for high performance. 

Originally published in 2016 as Future Brain, this book has been reviewed and redesigned to become part of the Wiley Be Your Best series - aimed at helping readers acheive professional and personal success. 

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. About the Author
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Back to the future brain
    2. Working nine to five. And six to twelve. And …
    3. It's time for greater organisational health
    4. Investing in mental capital
    5. The 12 keys to developing a high-performance brain
  6. Part I Creating a high-performance brain
    1. KEY 1 Nutrition Refuelling smart
      1. You're such a fathead
      2. Gut instinct
      3. Food and focus
      4. The java jive
      5. Our daily desk
    2. KEY 2 Exercise You've got to move it, move it
      1. Business on the move
      2. Equipment order: one hamster wheel please
      3. The perils of too much sitting
      4. Moving towards a positive thinking space
      5. Don't stress me out!
    3. KEY 3 Sleep Bring me a dream
      1. Respect the zeds
      2. Swing shift
      3. Sleep stability
      4. Sleeping on the job: the power of the nap
      5. Helping ourselves to sleep better
    4. KEY 4 Mental stretch Flexing our mental muscles
      1. Curiosity breeds success
      2. Train your brain to change your mind
      3. If I only had a brain: the Tin Man and other brainy myths
      4. Take the challenge: could you pull the sword from the stone?
  7. Part II Operating a high-performance brain
    1. KEY 5 Focus Adjusting our lens of attention
      1. Fragmented focus
      2. Give your brain a break
      3. You don't pay attention to me anymore
      4. Rage against the machines?
      5. Why monotasking is the new black
      6. Strategies for focus
    2. KEY 6 Mindset Does your attitude suck?
      1. What's with the attitude?
      2. The power of belief
    3. KEY 7 Healthy stress Creating a brain-safe environment
      1. Stress leave
      2. Why caring is sharing
      3. Managing stress
      4. Psychological techniques to alleviate stress
      5. Mobilising the brain to learn
      6. Why learning really does take AGES
      7. Promoting a culture for learning
    4. KEY 8 Mindfulness Finding enough thinking space
      1. Operating at fast-forward
      2. What's your perspective?
      3. Mindfulness over matter
      4. Team mindful
      5. Practice makes peaceful
      6. Mindful leadership
  8. Part III Integrating a high-performance brain
    1. KEY 9 Change ability Adjusting to progress
      1. Man overboard
      2. The drama of change
      3. The problem with change
      4. Project change
      5. Adopting a culture of change
    2. KEY 10 Innovation Curiosity leads to insight and innovation
      1. Whole-brain thinking
      2. Aha! So that's what insight is all about
      3. Free-range thinking
      4. It's brainstorming? Quick, get in out of the nasty weather!
    3. KEY 11 Collaboration Side by side
      1. Start with connection
      2. Creating a collaborative culture
      3. Team intelligence
      4. The eyes have it — social sensitivity
      5. Taking turns does matter
      6. Girl power
      7. Team work
    4. KEY 12 Leadership Thought before action
      1. What makes a good leader?
      2. Laying a foundation for the future
      3. Listen
      4. Speak
      5. Reflect
      6. Inquire
      7. Connect
      8. The ones in the wings
      9. The TRAICE™ model
  9. Conclusion
  10. Sources
    1. Introduction
    2. Nutrition
    3. Exercise
    4. Sleep
    5. Mental stretch
    6. Focus
    7. Mindset
    8. Healthy stress
    9. Mindfulness
    10. Change ability
    11. Innovation
    12. Collaboration
    13. Leadership
    14. Conclusion
  11. Wiley End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Smarter, Sharper Thinking, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s): Jenny Brockis
  • Release date: March 2019
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9780730369509