Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment

Friday 25 October 2013, 9.48pm | VIDEO NOW ONLINE

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Psychologist Daniel Goleman shot to fame with his groundbreaking bestseller Emotional Intelligence. The premise of the book, now widely accepted, is that raw intelligence alone is not a sure predictor of success in life. A greater role is played by ‘softer’ skills such as self-control, self-motivation, empathy and good interpersonal relationships.

Now Goleman comes to Intelligence Squared for an exclusive talk on the themes of his latest book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Attention, he will argue, is an underrated asset for high achievers in any field. Incorporating findings from neuroscience, Goleman will show why we need three kinds of focus: inner, for self-awareness; other, for the empathy that builds effective relationships; and outer, for understanding the larger systems in which organisations operate. Those who excel rely on Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and positive emotions that help improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.

The Telegraph

‘Goleman is the guru. We hang on his every word’

The Observer

‘Daniel Goleman is articulate, self- assured and personable; the champion of emotional intelligence.’

Financial Times

‘Daniel Goleman has a keen appreciation for the scientific basis of why we are the way we are.’


Daniel GolemanDaniel Goleman

Bestselling author and psychologist whose books include Emotional Intelligence, which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. His latest book is Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence