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The Inner Game of Work: Focus, Learning, Pleasure, and Mobility in the Workplace

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Do you think it's possible to truly enjoy your job? No matter what it is or where you are? Timothy Gallwey does, and in this groundbreaking book he tells you how to overcome the inner obstacles that sabotage your efforts to be your best on the job.

Timothy Gallwey burst upon the scene twenty years ago with his revolutionary approach to excellence in sports. His bestselling
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 1999)
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Mar 28, 2008 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: coaching
The central idea in this book is that there is a better way of thinking about working and learning that comes down to giving more priority to our inner capacities and whishes and less to external expectations, norms and instructions. Learning to let go and trust is the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves and each other.

Gallwey proposed that the ineffective, instructive dialogue between coach and pupil also existed within the head of the pupil. While playing, the pupil continuously gave
Brian Ross
Apr 12, 2013 Brian Ross rated it really liked it
I really liked Gallwey's combination of theory and practice in this book. I found his concept of Self 1 and Self 2 - the notion that contained within us is an natural "intrinsic" self (Self 2), and a "manufactured" self which is really an amalgam of how we perceive the values of the outside world - Self 1 - to be really useful. It is a nice way of explaining the often dueling voices in ones head - the "I want" vs "I should". But he is non-judgemental about it, and most importantly he applies thi ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Todd rated it it was amazing
This book helps ua to redefine work to achieve peak performance through mindfulness, flow, and the elimination of false selves so that work is connected to our authentic selves. The chapter on coaching alone is worth a read.
Jerel Bonner
I liked the way the author introduces the managing of Self 1 and Self 2 into the coaching practice. Some good take away's with some ways that the techniques are used.
Stephen Leung
Nov 15, 2015 Stephen Leung rated it really liked it
very inspiring concept about self1/self2, although get quite draggy and boring at times, still worth reading overall
Jarno Virtanen
Not as revolutionary as Gallwey's previous books, but still pretty good.
Aug 13, 2011 Toby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-core-books
50 how
51 little attention
53 full attention
57 what distracts
64 while selling, onto selling at AT&T
70 time
80 golf
86 work triangle
92 $0 ask in sales
96 time
103 suspend sales quotas (temporarily)
110 pigeon >116
174 buy back stock
177 chapter 9 How to Coach
190 the three part conversation
212 define the gap
225 work is play with purpose
226 constraints

210 tuba player
What would you most like to learn?
What did you notice?
How did you know?
what happens ____________ ?
Feb 06, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
Concept of Self 1 versus Self 2 useful in determining ways in which we hold ourselves back from peak performance on the job. Good discussion of the importance of focus of attention and how to develop and strengthen focus of attention. Interesting case study details re: how author got employees to improve concentration and performance while doing repetitive tasks; finding something interesting to notice/pay attention to. Later sections of book seemed less developed; some were based almost entirel ...more
Matt Root
Jan 23, 2016 Matt Root rated it liked it
I have no doubt that this was a very important text in its time and it still will likely speak strongly to people coming at the topic of human development and engagement for the first time. However, having read fairly widely on these issues, I've seen what he's talking about said better in other places since this was published.
Aug 14, 2009 Gingeraltoids is currently reading it
Picked this up for free when they purged the library at work. I read the first chapter, and then I did something I never do -- I read the last chapter! And then I cheated again and read the last chapter a second time! I really like the ideas he has conveyed in these two chapters, and I have to say that I had approached the book skeptically. Now I'm hooked and I'm definitely going to read the chapters in between.
Jan 19, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
It's to list all the important insights this books have. In brief:
- value of focus and awareness and how that can transform learning and change process
- how to bring more 'flow' into work and, or any performance
- how to make learning a natural process (STOP tool)
- and of course pretty comprehensive description of what coaching
Jay Saunders
Sep 18, 2012 Jay Saunders rated it it was amazing
A seminal work the forces you to reappraise your attitude to work, feedback and criticism. Those progressing a career in Coaching or Mentoring should employ this book as a keystone text to challenge not only their clients, but themselves.
Sep 03, 2011 Galateia rated it did not like it
Shelves: management
The differentiation between self 1 and self 2 was a good concept, but that was all about the book in my opinion. Too many words for a simple concept. The advice given later on in the book was nothing new really.
David McCleary
Nov 24, 2009 David McCleary rated it it was amazing
Tim Gallwey is a genius that we all need to learn from - both this one and his Inner Game of Tennis are some of the best books on human learning and development
Apr 14, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing
There is just so much truth and remember to trust Who You Are and Be-in-the-flow good stuff in this book!
Anna Wagner
I only got halfway through. Maybe I'll revisit it one day but I got bored...
Jan Joshi
Apr 27, 2013 Jan Joshi rated it it was amazing
Great book on coaching. Must read for managers and parents
Aug 25, 2010 Laserjet1000 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read overall
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W. Timothy Gallwey (born 1938 in San Francisco, California) is an author who has written a series of books in which he has set forth a new methodology for coaching and for the development of personal and professional excellence in a variety of fields, that he calls "The Inner Game." Since he began writing in the 1970s, his books include The Inner Game of Tennis, The Inner Game of Golf, The Inner g ...more
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“The problem is your people don’t know who they are,” I said emphatically. “Thus, they tend to identify themselves with their roles, their reputations, the company itself, and the current way of doing things. When the stability of any of these factors is threatened, their automatic response is to resist, and to resist as if they were protecting their own selves. Because they are protecting who they think they are, they do so with considerable force.” 0 likes
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