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Preview — Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. Expanding on a landmark cover story in Fortunea top journalist debunks the myths of exceptional performance. One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story iz Greatness doesn’t come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades. And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work.
The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes, that enables you to achieve greatness. Now Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples. He shows that the skills of business: Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved.
This new mind-set, combined with Colvin’s practical advice, will change the way you think about your job and career, and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do. Hardcoverpages. Published October 16th by Portfolio first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about Talent is Overratedplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 02, Robert rated it it was amazing. Colvin set out to answer this question: In this context, I am reminded of Thomas Edison’s observation that “vision without execution is hallucination. Colvin duly overarted that deliberate practice “is a large concept, and to say that it explains everything would be simplistic and reductive.
What exactly needs to be practiced? Which specific skills or other assets must be acquired? The research has revealed answers that generalize quite well across a wide range of fields.
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Hank Haney, Butch Harman, or David Leadbetter I probably could not reduce my handicap to zero but I could lower it under those conditions. Colvin’s insights offer a reassurance that almost anyone’s performance can be improved, sometimes substantially, even if it isn’t world-class. Talent is overrated if it is perceived to be the most important factor. In fact, talent does not exist unless and until it is developed When Ben Hogan was asked the “secret” to playing great golf, he replied, “It’s in the dirt.
Attributes geodf deliberate practice Pages 2. What top performers perceive that others do not notice Pages 3. Benefits of having a ta,ent mental model” Pages 4.
Rules for peak performance that “elite” organizations follow Pages 5. Misconceptions about innovation and creativity Pages 6. How innovators become great Pages 7. How to make organizations innovative Pages 8. What homes can teach organizations Pages 9. The “drivers” of great performance Pages How some organizations “blow it” Pages Corbin provides a wealth of research-driven information that he has rigorously examined and he also draws upon his own extensive and direct experience with all manner of organizations and their C-level executives.
View all 6 comments. Sep 12, Trevor rated it liked it Shelves: This was surprising in some ways. So, I guess I would recommend those two books rather than this one, except that there were some things about this that made the whole thing worthwhile.
Essentially it is directly connected with performance Geodf was surprising in some ways.
Essentially it is directly connected with performance — talented people are people who can perform well. Surely the best way to improve performance is to look at what high performers Overratedd and work out how to help weaker performers overrsted that.
Much of this book is about the benefits of deliberate practice — which is, doing stuff that is not fun to do so as to be able to be successful at something. That is, piano practice or pumping iron or swimming at 5am. The real lesson is that if it is meaningful and is directed at a goal the person wants to go in then it will not be horrible. Meaning is key here. The bits of this I liked the most were the little anecdotes he says along the way.
And then he would say, once they had finished. I loved this story so much. If you know you need to improve but have no idea colvib or what might help you are going to tend to give up.
So, this was okay — but I would recommend the other two books first. They are both better written than this one not that this one is not competently done and much more engaging. View all 5 comments. Nov 03, David rated it liked it Shelves: This is a fun book that starts out in a vein similar to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”. Later the emphasis of the book changes, and becomes a self-help book. For best performance, the name of the game is “practice”, and not any old practice–it must be focused, deliberate, planned practice.
This practice is not just for musicians; it is for every tallent of career, in business, sales, marketing, engineering–you name it, practice is what it takes. This type of practice can be mentally taxing, and ve This is a fun book that starts out in a vein similar to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”.
This type of practice can be mentally taxing, and very time-consuming–it normally takes years before a truly excellent performance overratef honed. Colvin brings up the examples of Mozart and Tiger Woods.
Neither of them was born with innate talent. They were both born to fathers who were both experts in their respective fields music and golfand started teaching their boys at a very early age. Lots of hard work and specially designed practice were the keys to their top-notch performance.
This may not be the best book on the topic–the subject is covered in a number of other books. But it is competently written, and for most part, it is engaging. View all 9 comments. Sep 06, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: The takeaway from this approachable book is that a particular kind of practice–what Colvin refers to as “deliberate practice”–is what allows mere mortals who include all of us, even Mozart, he argues to painstakingly climb toward world-class performance in our respective fields.
Colvin spends a few chapters arguing that talent, an inborn gift most of us assume is responsible for world-class performance, is a slippery concept whose cause-and-effect relationship to excellence hasn’t been born The takeaway from this approachable book is that a particular kind of practice–what Colvin refers to as “deliberate practice”–is what allows mere mortals who include all of us, even Mozart, he argues to painstakingly climb toward world-class performance in our respective fields.
Colvin spends a few chapters arguing that talent, an inborn gift most of us assume is responsible for world-class performance, is a slippery concept whose cause-and-effect relationship to excellence hasn’t been born out consistently in studies.
Intelligence is important, but not in the way we typically think. Instead, personally designed practice regimens which he spends the middle part of the book explainingin which we are periodically evaluated by a mentor, teacher, or other source of insightful feedback, allow us to work on a skill set just beyond our current comfort zones. Much of this work is solitary, and physically and mentally taxing.
Almost all of it is remote from the “game-time” exercise of the skill; that is, you don’t become a great football player by playing football, but by conditioning in the particular set of skills you need during the game, and by reviewing your past performances with an eye to adjusting your practice routine. Excellence can be attained only by spending countless hours over many years doing this kind of grueling practice, Colvin argues.
There are no shortcuts, and the most direct route is to start young and keep working maniacally as one ages. Excellence, he writes, is much more equal-opportunity than we thought, but most of us are not equal to its challenge. There are numerous good points about this book: That being said, this book leaves several threads hanging: As a Chinese, I am totally buying into this because that’s what I grow up with.
And I think this book explains why Chinese There are numerous good points about this book: And I think this book explains why Chinese-Americans are, generally speaking, doing much better than their American contemporaries: If I’m not completely biased by my Chinese root, then the ramification of this book is tremendous: I recommend this book to any parent and anyone who is interested in self-improvement.
Jul 01, Andy rated it it was ok. This book is overrated. After meandering for several chapters through what does NOT lead to high performance, Colvin finally gets around to arguing that the secret is “deliberate practice. Beyond that, Colvin mixes apples and oranges in terms of what “talent” means.
Winning at something isn’t the This book is overrated.