The Power of Full Engagement

Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
by James E. Loehr and Tony Schwartz | Free Press © 2003 · 256 pages

Loehr and Schwartz tell us we've gotta manage ENERGY not time if we wanna really optimize our lives. Their book is pure goodness. In this Note, we'll explore the four principles of full engagement, why we want to be more like sprinters rather than marathon runners, that there's a pulse of life and we need to honor it, and the power of positive rituals. And some other really Big Ideas on getting our Full Engagement on.

“Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence, for better or for worse. The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time that we have. The premise of this book—and of the training we do each year with thousands of clients—is simple enough: Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”

~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

The Power of Full Engagement is a *great* book.

I read it on my Kindle and I basically highlighted half the book. It’s so densely packed with Big Ideas we can apply to our lives that, if you’re feelin’ low on energy or if you’re the kinda person who likes to play full out and is always looking for ways to optimize, this book is on the “must buy” list. :)

Grounded in the research and consulting they’ve done with the world’s greatest athletes, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz provide a set of Ideas and tools to help “Corporate Athletes” function at optimal levels of performance. At the heart of their wisdom is the fact that: “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.”

In this Note, we’ll start with the 4 Principles of Full Engagement and then take a look at a handful of some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to get our Full Engagement on. The book is loaded with case studies and practical tools to help you take your energy and life to the next level. Powerful stuff.

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About the authors


James E. Loehr

Co-founder at Human Performance Institute

Tony Schwartz

Authors of The Power of Full Engagement