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5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time
Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram

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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
ISBN: 9781119111153
Publisher: Wiley
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015

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Be present, connect more effectively, all while being as productive as possible

5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time teaches you to shift into the right gear at the right time so that you can grow in your relational intelligence and increase your influence. This revolutionary text introduces you to the five different gears, or mindsets, that carry you through various facets of your day. These include:
  • First gear—when you fully rest and recharge
  • Second gear—when you connect with family or friends without the involvement of work
  • Third gear—when you are socializing
  • Fourth gear—when you are working and multi-tasking
  • Fifth gear—when you are fully focused and 'in the zone,' working without interruption
Using these gears consistently allows you to bring a new level of relational intelligence to your life that offers a competitive advantage in our task-driven world.

All too often people go through life without truly connecting—and can, as a result, miss out on experiences and relationships that have the power to bring them great joy. By understanding how the five gears presented in this engaging book work, you can improve your ability to connect with the world around you.
  • Explore why some people stay disconnected from the people and events around them, and why others always seem to have a deep connection to their friends, family, and surroundings
  • Learn how to set triggers and markers that help you shift into the right gears at the right time, which will increase your relational dynamics and make you more productive
  • Create positive change in the dynamics of your relationships
  • Improve your respect and influence—and learn a sign language that, when used, can change your perspective and your world.
5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to live and lead connected.


"5 Gears will profoundly change the way you see yourself and your interaction with others in every area of your life. How many books do that?"
—PATRICK LENCIONI, President, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

"One of the most important skills a leader must have is the capacity to observe oneself and self-regulate. Looking at your gears is looking at yourself. A very valuable exercise."
—DR. HENRY CLOUD, speaker, psychologist, and bestselling author of Necessary Endings, Integrity, Boundaries and other books

"5 Gears is a simple, but very effective analogy. I have seen firsthand how leaders disconnect by being in the wrong gear at the wrong time. And, I realize now how much more effective I could have been had I not been so stuck in 4th and 5th gears. If you want to increase your influence and connect more effectively, read this book."
—PATTYE MOORE, Board Chair, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers; author, Confessions from the Corner Office

"5 Gears is a practical system to take your emotional intelligence to a whole new level. If you want to become a more powerful connector and improve your relationships, this is a must read!"
—JON GORDON, bestselling author of The Energy Bus

"I wish I had been given the gift of the 5 Gears approach to relationships before I became a husband, a dad, and a business leader. This is an outstanding framework that leads to stronger relationships."
—CHRIS HERSCHEND, President, Ride the Ducks; Vice Chair, Herschend Enterprises

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About the Authors

Jeremie Kubicek is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and the GiANT companies. He is a bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive and speaker to organizations throughout the world on transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal growth. He currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and three children.

Steve Cockram is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and a recognized expert on personality development, applied leadership learning and culture change with executive teams and organizations around the world. Steve is a soughtafter speaker and teacher on apprenticeship, personality development and team building. He resides in London with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE Connectivity9
1Driving Too Fast11
2Reality Check23
SECTION TWO 5 Gears for Practical Connection33
3Getting in Gear35
45th Gear—In the Zone51
54th Gear—Leading in a Task World69
63rd Gear—Why Being Social Matters83
72nd Gear—Connecting Deeply97
81st Gear—Learning to Recharge113
9Reverse—Being Responsive in a Resistant World131
1010 Ranking Your Gear Order143
SECTION THREE Living and Leading Connected155
11Master Your Settings—Right Time, Right Place157
12Shifting Well—Learning How to Transition169
13Intentional versus Accidental183
14Making the U-Turn—Challenge and Plan193
15What Is Your Story?205
Transformational Leadership Resources223
About GiANT Worldwide225

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