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Chapter from: "Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2011

Abstract

Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. Especially in today's world of intensifying competition and economic uncertainty, the people who work for you need to shine their brightest every day. In this chapter, bestselling author and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell introduces the Cycle of Excellence, a process he created to help managers inspire peak performance. Based on brain science, performance research, and Hallowell's own clinical experience, the Cycle of Excellence consists of five steps: (1) Select: put the right people in the right jobs; (2) Connect: strengthen the interpersonal bonds among your team members; (3) Play: help people unleash their imaginations at work; (4) Grapple and Grow: when the pressure's on, enable employees to achieve mastery of their work; and (5) Shine: use the right rewards to promote loyalty and stoke your people's desire to excel. After briefly describing each of the five steps, Hallowell explains the evolution of his approach and how new research in three areas-neuroscience, positive psychology, and the connection between happiness and achievement-catalyzed his thinking. This chapter was originally published as the Introduction to 'Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People.' This chapter is excerpted from ‘Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People'.

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Abstract

Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. Especially in today's world of intensifying competition and economic uncertainty, the people who work for you need to shine their brightest every day. In this chapter, bestselling author and practicing psychiatrist Edward Hallowell introduces the Cycle of Excellence, a process he created to help managers inspire peak performance. Based on brain science, performance research, and Hallowell's own clinical experience, the Cycle of Excellence consists of five steps: (1) Select: put the right people in the right jobs; (2) Connect: strengthen the interpersonal bonds among your team members; (3) Play: help people unleash their imaginations at work; (4) Grapple and Grow: when the pressure's on, enable employees to achieve mastery of their work; and (5) Shine: use the right rewards to promote loyalty and stoke your people's desire to excel. After briefly describing each of the five steps, Hallowell explains the evolution of his approach and how new research in three areas-neuroscience, positive psychology, and the connection between happiness and achievement-catalyzed his thinking. This chapter was originally published as the Introduction to 'Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People.' This chapter is excerpted from ‘Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People'.

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