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The Power of Full Engagement

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Tony Schwartz, Jim Loehr

Narrated By: Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2006

Duration: 4 hours 19 minutes


The challenge of a fully engaged life has never been greater.

We live in digital time. Our rhythms are rushed, rapid fire and relentless, our days carved up into bits and bytes. The new technologies make it possible to stay connected around the clock but often leave us feeling oddly disconnected--from ourselves, from those we care about most, and from the values we most cherish. We're wired up but we're melting down.

Full engagement is ultimately an energy challenge. Human beings are complex energy systems and four separate forms of energy pulse through each of us all of the time: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. To thrive, we must skillfully recruit all four of these energies in the service of a specific mission. Subtract any one from the equation and the capacity to sustain high performance is compromised, much the way an engine sputters when isn't firing on all cylinders. To be fully engaged, on or off the job, means to be physically energized, emotionally engaged, mentally focused and spiritually vested.

According to data collected by the Gallup Organization prior to September 11, 2001, only 26 per cent of the American workforce are engaged in their work. An astonishing 55 per cent of workers are not engaged, while 19 per cent are actively disengaged. Worse yet, the longer that employees stay with an organization, the less engaged they become.

The Power of Full Engagement draws on 30 years of research and experience in working with thousands of world class athletes, FBI Hostage Rescue teams, emergency service workers and corporate executives who are called upon to sustain high performance in the face of high pressure and continuous demand.

The Power of Full Engagement is a call to arms. To individuals, our message is that your energy is your most precious asset. To achieve full ignition, you must learn to manage it skillfully. To executives and managers, our message is that the people who work for you are your most precious asset. To maximize their engagement, you must learn to treat them as a whole, assuring that they regularly renew the multidimensional energy they need to consistently perform at their best.